Peter Lawson-Johnston

CHAIR, 1968

Peter Lawson-Johnston is Chairman of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, serving in that role since 1971 after joining the Board of Directors in 1968. He is Honorary Chairman, Trustee, and former Chairman and President of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which operates the Guggenheim Museums and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Mr. Lawson-Johnston also is a Senior Partner at Guggenheim Brothers and President and Director of the Elgerbar Corporation. 

Mr. Lawson-Johnston held numerous positions at Zemex Corporation, the industrial mining firm, from 1956-2003, starting as Sales Manager at the Feldspar Corporation, a subsidiary, and serving later as President and Chairman of Zemex. He earlier worked as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun and as a Public Information Officer for the Maryland Civil Defense Agency.

Mr. Lawson-Johnston attended the Lawrenceville School in New Jersey, later serving on its Board of Trustees from 1977-1999 and as its President from 1990-1997. Currently, he is Trustee Emeritus. Mr. Lawson-Johnston is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award for Patronage of the Arts and the Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations. 

Mr. Lawson-Johnston authored Growing Up Guggenheim, A Personal History of a Family Enterprise, in 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1945-47 and graduated from the University of Virginia.

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