JOHNSON, Moulton Kinsinger
Born in 1921 to M.K. Johnson, MD and Caroline Seaton Schroeder, Moulton Kinsinger 'Johnny' Johnson passed away April 15, 2014 in Sacramento at age 93. He grew up in Washington, DC. He graduated from Princeton which was paid for by the work of his two sisters and mother in their Washington dress shop and by Johnny working at loading freight cars, waiting on tables, and playing poker. After selling his classmates refrigerators, he then sold them food. He knew he couldn't work his way through medical school, but fortunately there was a wartime doctor shortage, so the US government put him through Johns Hopkins Medical School. He married a Hopkins nurse, Virginia Bard 'Ginny' Johnson in 1945, and they moved to Cairo, Egypt where he served as a Navy medical officer developing the cure for cholera. Stateside, he had an orthopedic residency at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. They had two of their four children in Rochester, and Johnny worked in the polio epidemics of the 1940's and 1950's. The family moved to Santa Monica, CA in 1953 where he started a general orthopedic practice. He became a hand surgeon in the 1970's and worked until he was 80 years old. He taught surgery at UCLA and Shriner's Hospital and donated services to Mexican nationals in El Centro, CA. A staunch Republican fiscally, he was a social liberal and largely responsible in the 1960's & 1970's for de segregating Santa Monica beginning with his office staff, then the Santa Monica school board, which he served on, and apartment buildings he owned. He loved dogs, building furniture, keeping birds and raising orchids.
He spent his last year of life happily at Sunrise Sacramento where he appreciated the good staff and continued to cherish his wife of 68 years, Ginny, who survives him. He was predeceased by daughter Cass Redmon, and he leaves behind Phil Johnson and wife Cindy of Buellton, CA, Mike Johnson and wife Seromi Park of Fair Oaks, CA, Ginger Enrico and husband Roy Enrico of Rancho Cordova, CA, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 10th, 2 p.m., at Sunrise Sacramento, 345 Munroe St., Sacramento CA 95825. Memorial donations may be made to the UNCF (affordable education for all) or the Naure Conservancy.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 10, 2014