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Johnson Ayodele Aina

December 16, 1945

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     Dr. Johnson Ayodele Aina, affectionately known as Sunday to many, was born in Umuahia, Abia State in Nigeria on December 16, 1945.  He received his elementary education at the Baptist Day Schools in Igede, Ekiti, and Iwo in Osun State Nigeria.  From there, he proceeded to Iree Baptist High School and graduated from there in 1964.  Johnson received a Combined Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1971.  He married his sweetheart, Tinuke (nee Aliyu) in 1970.  A scholarship to Temple University in Philadelphia in 1975 facilitated his emigration to the United States and he brought his wife and (then 3) children shortly thereafter.  He completed a Master’s degree in Mathematics in 1977 and his Doctorate of Education in Mathematics in 1981, just in time to welcome his 4th child.  Johnson and his family returned to Nigeria from 1983-1985, during which time he taught at the Adeyemi College of Education in Ondo, (now Ondo State University).  For the welfare of his children, he returned to the United States where he pursued many interests, but ultimately returned to the familiar, and resumed teaching as a Professor of Mathematics, then Chairman of the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences at Cheyney University in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.  At the urging of his family, Johnson decided to retire in 2019 after 50 years of teaching.  In 2020, Johnson was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and after a valiant and courageous battle, he succumbed to the disease on August 31, 2021.  He is survived by his beloved wife, his 4 children and 8 grandchildren, a brother and 3 sisters. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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