Johnson, Judith K.

September 12, 2004

JUDITH KEMP JOHNSON, of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL., died September 6, 2004, while visiting family in California for her mother's 100th birthday party. She was born December 30, 1931 in Baltimore, MD., daughter of Dr. Richard Joseph Kemp and Alice Haynes Kemp. She attended Dunblane Hall and Immaculate Seminary and Junior College in Washington, D.C. She then entered the Johns Hopkins Nursing School, graduating with an R.N. and with a B.S. degree from the Johns Hopkins University. As a new graduate nurse she worked in the Johns Hopkins emergency room, where she met her husband-to-be, Joseph E. Johnson III, MD., a new intern on the Osler Medical Service. After internship, Dr. Johnson was called to active duty in the Naval Reserves and was assigned to active duty and a battalion surgeon with the Marine Corps, in Hawaii. During this period, Miss Kemp worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. The couple was married in Bethesda on January 1, 1956 and returned to Hawaii for a one and one-half year honeymoon, courtesy of the U.S. Navy. They lived at Kaneohe Bay and at Pearl Harbor. Their first child (Joseph IV) was born at Tripler Hospital, Honolulu. In 1957, they returned to Baltimore to complete residency training at Johns Hopkins. Over the next four years two daughters were born (Judith Ann and Julie Marie). Dr. Johnson finished as Chief Resident on the Osler Service and then joined the Hopkins medical faculty. The family lived in Baltimore for five additional years before moving in 1966 to the University of Florida College of Medicine, in Gainesville, where Dr. Johnson served as Chief of Infectious Diseases and later as Associate and Interim Dean. Mrs. Johnson accompanied her husband as his academic medical career took them to Winston-Salem, NC (Chairman of Medicine, Bowman Gray School of Medicine of Wake Forest University) and Ann Arbor, MI (Dean of the Medical School). She was always a highly valued and effective partner in carrying out the multiple responsibilities of these positions. In 1993, they moved to Philadelphia as Dr. Johnson joined the Senior Staff of the American College of Physicians until retirement in 2003 when they moved to their beach house in Ponte Vedra. Over the years the couple traveled extensively including two trips to Mexico, the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Africa. They recently had enjoyed a Baltic Sea cruise with the family, visiting Russia and several Scandinavian countries. With her vibrant personality and wonderful sense of humor she was a highly supportive wife and companion, an outstanding mother and friend of many. She is survived by her husband of nearly forty-nine years, Joseph E. Johnson II, MD., MACP, son of Joseph E. Johnson IV, MD FACP of San Antonio, TX, daughters Judith Ann Johnson, RN, BSN of Birmingham, AL, Julie Marie Johnson, BA of Ponte Vedra, her mother, Alice Haynes Kemp and sister, Mary Jane Manly of Anaheim, CA and three grandsons, Joseph E.V., Richard K., and Michael H. Johnson of San Antonio. The funeral will be at 10 A.M. on Saturday, September 18 at Our Lady of the Sea Catholic Church, 545 A1A North, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl. Interment will be private at Ponte Vedra Valley Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 525 N. Wolf Street, Suite 526, Baltimore, MD 26205, Attn: Ann Myers. Arrangements are under the care of Ponte Vedra Valley Funeral Home & Cemetery, 4750 Palm Valley Rd., Ponte Vedra Beach Fl.

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