Johnny Lester Montgomery, MD. FACR, 84, passed away on January 3, 2019, after a long struggle with cancer. He was born in Conroe, TX, on March 1, 1934, to Henry Lester Montgomery and Mary Frances Welch Montgomery. He was the great grandson of Andrew Montgomery, an early Texas settler and veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. He graduated from Conroe High School in 1952 and earned a BS degree from Baylor University in 1955 and received his MD degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1958. He married his childhood sweetheart, Alma Joyce Clanton, at the First Baptist Church of Conroe in 1956. Following an internship in Corpus Christi, TX, he became a general practitioner of medicine in Pasadena, TX, from 1959-1966. He was drafted into the US Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War and served his country until 1972, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. While in the army, he completed a residency in radiology at Tripler General Hospital in Hawaii and Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington D.C. He served as chief of angiography and then chairman of diagnostic radiology at Walter Reed.
Dr. Montgomery joined the staff at Scott and White Clinic in 1972 where he served until his retirement in 2007. He was chairman of the radiology department at Scott & White from 1973-1992. During his tenure as chairman, there was a dynamic expansion of radiology technology worldwide with the discovery of CT, MRI and ultrasound. Under his leadership, Scott & White became an early adopter of these new technologies and obtained some of the first CT and MRI scanners in the world.
Dr. Montgomery served on the Clinic Board of Directors at Scott & White from 1978 to 1997 and was President of the Clinic Board from 1992 to 1997. Dr. Montgomery was instrumental in the development of the satellite clinic system and establishing the family medicine department at Scott & White. Significant among the accomplishments of the Board of Directors during his tenure included the creation of the Scott & White Health Plan and the establishment of the relationship with Texas A&M College of Medicine.
Dr. Montgomery was active in community affairs and was on the Temple Economic Development Corporation Board from 1992-1997 where he served a term as President. He was a Charter Member of the Temple South Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Temple for over 40 years.
Throughout his career, he gained respect and admiration as an outstanding mentor, teacher, leader and practitioner. He received numerous teaching awards at Scott & White and the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He was named the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumni from UTMB Galveston in 1998 and was awarded the prestigious Gold Medal from the Texas Radiological Society in 2015. Dr. Montgomery was a tireless educator and consummate storyteller. He possessed an endless curiosity about the world around him which he pursued with great enthusiasm and energy. First and foremost, he was a Christian, which overshadows his numerous worldly accomplishments.
Dr. Montgomery was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Pauline Pate; one brother, Mel Montgomery, and one grandchild, Michael John Montgomery.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Alma Joyce Clanton Montgomery of Belton; his daughter, Michelle Montgomery Wright and husband Mark of Plano; his sons, Mark Montgomery and wife Becky of Belton and Andy Montgomery and wife Rosie of Belton; seven grandchildren, Molly Montgomery Quicksall and husband Judson, Megan Wright, Melissa Montgomery-Lohr and husband Riley, Matthew Montgomery, Maggie Montgomery, Mary Kate Montgomery and Mariah Montgomery, and a special nephew, Bill Pate and wife Rosie of Arizona.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm Saturday, January 5, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Temple with Rev. Gary Anthony and Rev. Andy Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.