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Ex-SEC Commissioner Johnson Dies

May 7, 2002

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Norman Johnson, a former Securities and Exchange commissioner, died Saturday in Utah at the age of 71.

The cause of death was not immediately available, although he had reportedly been in poor health.

Johnson, a Republican, was appointed to the SEC by President Bill Clinton and served from February 1996 until May 2000.

After leaving Washington he returned to work at the law firm of Van Cott, Bagley, Cornwall and McCarthy, said firm president Robert M. Anderson.

``Norm was an outstanding lawyer and fine gentleman,″ Anderson said.

Before joining the SEC, Johnson had been a senior partner with the firm.

He began his career as an assistant attorney general in Utah from 1959-65 and was a law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court. He spent two years at the SEC as a trial attorney, from 1965-67.

He also taught business and securities law at Westminster College and the University of Utah.

Johnson was born on Sept. 28, 1930, in Boise, Idaho. He attended Brigham Young University and earned his law degree from the University of Utah College of Law.

He is survived by his wife, Carol, and their three daughters, Kelly, Catherine and Lisa.

Funeral services are set for Thursday in Salt Lake City.

Another SEC commissioner named by Clinton, Paul Carey, died of cancer last June at age 38.

President Bush last month nominated two Democrats, Roel Campos and Harvey Goldschmid, to fill Democratic vacancies on the five-member SEC. They must be confirmed by the Senate.

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