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Mr. R. Harvey Johnston, III

Mr. R. Harvey Johnston, III



R. Harvey Johnston, III is an attorney and partner in the firm of Reynolds, Johnston, Hinton and Pepper in Bowling Green, which was established in 1972 by C. Michael Reynolds, a law school classmate.

Harvey earned his B.A. in 1969 from the University of the South (Sewanee) and his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1972.

Harvey has also served as a Professor in Real Estate Law at WKU, as well as Chairman of the Warren County Water District and Chairman of the Board of the Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children.  He currently serves on the Campaign Cabinet and the WKU Real Estate Corporation Board.  He has served as Director of the Depot Development Authority, and as President of following investment groups: The Henderson Group, Rogers Minnesota Group, Rocklin-Denton Group, San Martin Group, and Draper Group. 

Harvey has also served as President of the Girl’s Club, President of the Arts Alliance and President of the Rotary Club.  In 1982, he was named as “Outstanding Young Businessman” by the Warren County Jaycees.  He earned the Public Service Award from the Warren County Bar Association in 1997 and was named “Distinguished Alumni” in 2007 by the University of Louisville, Brandeis Law School.

Harvey and his wife, Sarah, are supporters of the College Heights Foundation, the WKU Gifted Studies program, the Bowling Green Western Symphony Orchestra, and the Commonwealth Health Foundation. Sarah has previously served on the Libraries Advisory Council. The law firm is been a frequent supporter of the Southern Kentucky Book Fest.

Sarah is a 1983 graduate of Carleton College, where she majored in Political Science and Japanese.  They have two children, Ellie and Walker, who are involved in the strings program.  Sarah is fluent in Japanese. 

Harvey also has three older children: daughter Alston is an artist who lives in Italy; and sons Robert (an attorney) and Kyle, also graduates of Sewanee.

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