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JOHNSON, Dr. Mayo Of Beverly, MA and East Orleans, MA died peacefully on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at in Danvers, MA surrounded by his family. He was the adored husband of Julia Cheronis Johnson and loving father of Charlotte Johnson Amorello of Wenham, and Kenneth Mayo Johnson of Cherry Hills Village, CO and East Orleans, MA. Born and raised in Milton, MA, Dr. Johnson was the son of Kenneth D. Johnson and Ethel G. Mayo Johnson. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1953. Four years later, he graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. After medical school, Dr. Johnson served his internship and residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Children's Hospital in Boston. He followed that training by joining the Grenfell Mission, an organization that provided some of the earliest permanent medical services in Labrador and northern Newfoundland. Based in St. Anthony, Newfoundland, Dr. Johnson served from 1960-1961 as the second surgeon in charge. His responsibilities included traveling to remote villages and hamlets by dog teams, as well as on a small Grenfell Mission plane that could alight on ice (using skis) or open water (using pontoons). Dr. Johnson returned to the U.S. to complete his training at Dartmouth College-affiliated hospitals in Hanover, New Hampshire. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps at the 31st Field Hospital in Korat, Thailand where he treated U.S. service personnel, and volunteered in the village dispensing medical treatment to the Thai people. Following completion of his military service in 1965, he and his family moved to Beverly where he joined the surgical staff at Beverly Hospital. He practiced general surgery there for 45 years until his retirement in 2010. During that time, he also served as President of the Medical Staff, Chief of Surgery and President of Beverly Surgical Associates. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Surgeons and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons, and the Essex South Medical Society. In addition to his medical practice, Dr. Johnson was deeply involved with, and devoted to, his community. He served on the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of Beverly, and was an active member of the Beverly Conservation Commission for 18 years. He also served as Senior Warden of St. John's Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, MA. Dr. Johnson cherished Cape Cod. Whenever he was there, his greatest passions included fishing for striped bass and bluefish from the beaches and bays of Orleans and Chatham, as well as sailing the waters of Pleasant Bay. On the North Shore, where he was a long-time member of the Manchester Yacht Club, he sailed the only centerboard Rhodes 19, his beloved "Henrietta", primarily for leisure but also competitively. He never won a race, attributing that (with his trademark grin) to keel boats having an advantage sailing upwind, but he and his loyal family crew enjoyed the spirit of racing. Dr. Johnson was also a member of the Namequoit Sailing Association in Orleans, the Essex County Club and Prides Beach Association. Dr. Johnson is survived by his adoring wife of 56 years, Julia, son Ken and his wife Hilary, daughter Charlotte and three grandchildren: Mayo Johnson Amorello of Wenham and Isabel Julia Johnson and Alexandra Howland Johnson of Colorado. He is also survived by his sister Charlotte Noerdlinger and brother- in-law, Victor Noerdlinger of East Orleans, along with many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM at St. John's Episcopal Church, Beverly Farms, MA. A reception will follow at the Essex County Club in Manchester, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dr. Johnson's memory to the , c/o , 75 Liberty Street, Danvers, MA. Information and online condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com. Campbell Funeral Home Beverly, MA

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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 4, 2016
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