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Obituary: Dr. Richard Johnson

 

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Dr. Richard Boyd Johnson, a former Atherton resident, died Jan. 1 of pneumonia in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Johnson, who had a private practice in Redwood City for 44 years, was 84.

A physician of internal medicine, Dr. Johnson was associated with Sequoia Hospital for more than 40 years and served as clinical medical director during his last years of practice. During his early years, he made house calls and once traded abalone for an office visit, say family members.

Dr. Johnson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and studied at Washington University, entering medical school at age 19. He completed his medical training by age 23 and was drafted into the U.S. Army as a captain.

After serving with the occupational forces in Japan, he returned to start his practice in Redwood City.

Dr. Johnson retired in 1994 and moved to Arizona, first to Scottsdale, then Tucson, to be near one of his daughters and her family.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary K. Johnson, and daughter Jamin Collins of Arizona. He is also survived by his children by former wife Georgia Johnson-May: Dr. R. Boyd Johnson of Indianapolis, Stuart C. Johnson of Redwood City, and Diane Johnson-Fussy of Portola Valley; and by 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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