A.W. (Bill) Johnston, who retired as vice president of operations and maintenance for the Association of American Railroads in 1988 and served before that as a Baltimore & Ohio operating officer, died May 16 in Pawleys Island, S.C. He was 85.
Johnston was known industry-wide for representing the railroad industry on the Presidential Emergency Board appointed to handle the explosive "fireman off" issue in the 1960s. He also served on a PEB investigating a shopcraft dispute, and he was a consultant to the Federal Railroad Administration on the Triad Missile Defense System (rail, sea, and air).