Honorary Chairman of the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Foundation, Senior Partner at Guggenheim Brothers, Chairman of the Harry
Frank Guggenheim Foundation.
A grandson of Solomon R. Guggenheim, since 1964 Mr. Lawson Johnston has been a trustee of the Solomon R.
Guggenheim Foundation, which operates both Guggenheim Museum in New York, Bilbao and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.
He served as Vice President-Business Administration of the Foundation from 196569,
as President from 196995, Chairman from 199598 and Honorary Chairman 1998 to
present. He also serves as President Emeritus of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Advisory Board.
Mr. Lawson-Johnston has been the Senior Partner at his family holding company,
Guggenheim Brothers, since 1971, having joined the firm as Partner in 1962.
He has been a Director of the Harry
Foundation since 1968 and Chairman of the Foundation since 1971.
Mr. Lawson-Johnston is a recipient of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Award for Outstanding Patronage of the Arts, presented by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1986; the Lawrenceville School, where he graduated in 1945, presented him in 1997 with the Lawrenceville Medal, which honors an alumnus who has achieved brilliant lifelong work in a significant field of endeavor. He is the author of Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise, published in May 2005. Married to Dede Hammond Lawson-Johnston, the Lawson-Johnstons have four children, ten grand-children and three great-grandchildren