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JOHNSTON Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com Marvin (Doc) Harlan Johnston, MD age 88, went to be with the Lord on November 9th. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924 to Cora Lee and L. M. Johnston, he was raised in Rome, Georgia, where he attended public schools and graduated from Boys High. After attending Emory University, Emory College in Oxford, Georgia, he received his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He interned at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and Greenville General Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina. Harlan spent his residency at Vanderbilt University and was Chief Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital (Emory University) in Atlanta, Georgia. Harlan served his country for two years as Captain in the US Army Medical Corps and was active in the Tennessee National Guard. A dedicated physician, Harlan practiced medicine in Jacksonville, Florida for 42 years, retiring in 1995. Hospital staff appointments included Riverside Hospital, Baptist Hospital, University Hospital, and Orange Park Community Hospital. At Riverside Hospital, he served as President of Staff and Vice Chairman of the Hospital Board. For many years he was Chief of Radiology. His professional societies included the AMA, FMA, DCMS, and the American College of Radiology. He was a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology. Harlan is reunited in heaven with the love of his life, Irene (Rene) Huggins Johnston, his wife for almost 64 years. He is survived by his daughters Susan Irene Johnston Abernathy (Chip) and Catherine 'Cathy' Huggins Johnston Day (Ted). His commitment to his family and engaging presence was cherished and revered by all. His grandchildren called him 'Doc' and he loved each of them dearly; James Harry 'Jake' Abernathy, III (Allyson), Luke McDonald Abernathy (deceased), Peter Harlan Abernathy (Ashley), Christopher Harlan Day (Allison) and Rachel Irene Day White (Aaron). His great grandchildren are Chandler Grace, William Harry and Garrett Landers Abernathy; Emma Grace and Jacob Michael Day; Katelyn Kenimer and James Conner 'Jake' White; and Peter Harlan 'Doc', Jr. and Hugh McDonald 'Mac' Abernathy. For over 50 years, Harlan was a member of the Ortega Methodist Church where he served in many capacities including Chairman of the Building Committee, Chairman of the Board of Stewards, and as Trustee. An avid golfer and friend to many, Harlan belonged to and was a past President of Timuquana Country Club and the River Club. He was a 50 year member of the Ponte Vedra Club. He had memberships at Biltmore Forest Country Club and Wade Hampton Golf Club in North Carolina where he and his wife had a home for many years. A leader in the community, he was task force chairman of the Government Study Commission, which resulted in the consolidated government of Duval County and the City of Jacksonville. He was a member of the first Charter Review Commission. He served on the Board of 200 Club for over 15 years and was founding President of the Riverside Hospital Foundation, which has granted millions to non-profits serving medical needs in North Florida. A memorial service will be held at Ortega United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 13, at 10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be made in his memory to either Ortega United Methodist Church (4807 Roosevelt Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32210) or The Riverside Hospital Foundation (9090 Barrister Court, Jacksonville, FL 32257). HARDAGE-GIDDENS, THE OAKLAWN CHAPEL, 4801 San Jose Boulevard is serving the family.
Published in the Florida Times-Union from Nov. 11 to Nov. 12, 2012
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