Glenn and Carole Johnson Make Gift to Seton Hill in Memory of Daughter
Glenn and Carole Johnson of Greensburg, whose daughter, Beth Ann Johnson, died in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, have donated Beth Ann’s childhood piano for display in the room named in her honor at the Seton Hill University Performing Arts Center.
The Johnsons made the donation on December 4 to Curt Scheib, Chair of Seton Hill’s Division of Visual and Performing Arts. The piano sits on a raised platform built especially for it inside the Beth Ann Johnson Rehearsal Hall. On the wall above the piano is a framed article detailing Beth Ann's life.
"If seeing this piano and learning about Beth Ann inspires someone else, that's all that matters to us," Carole Johnson said.
Beth Ann was in the middle of her senior year studying psychology at Seton Hill University when she was killed in the bombing of Pan Am 103 on Dec. 21, 1988 while returning from a semester abroad. Since her death, her parents have dedicated themselves to supporting causes that would have been close to their daughter’s heart.
Beth Ann’s love of music led the Johnsons to donate to the Seton Hill Performing Arts Center with the music rehearsal hall named in their beloved daughter’s memory. The Johnsons said their gift of the small, child’s piano – the first piano Beth Ann used to play – will be displayed in the Beth Ann Johnson Rehearsal Hall as a reminder to future generations of Seton Hill students to strive to live their lives like Beth Ann did.
“We want to help the students here at Seton Hill to develop, and we hope that through seeing a bit of her life and what she did at the University, that they will develop to their full potential and use their talents just as she had,” Glenn Johnson said.
“This gift of Beth Ann’s childhood piano brings her memory to life,” Scheib said. “Beth Ann is such a wonderful example of a Seton Hill student. Her major was psychology, but she loved music. She really was a Renaissance woman. Seeing the piano and learning about Beth Ann will be especially important to our students who play on the instruments the Johnsons so generously donated in this space named in her honor.”