Edward Johnson, 70

Public health dentist

October 28, 2006

Dr. Edward Wilfred Johnson Jr., a Public Health Service dentist and former public school science teacher, died of cancer Oct. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The former West Baltimore resident was 70.

Born in Greenville, S.C., he was a 1954 Frederick Douglass High School graduate. A member of the track and field team, he also belonged to the Airgoras Social Club. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from what had been Morgan State College, and he belonged to the Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity.

Dr. Johnson then taught science and biology at Bay College and at Douglass. He was later a lab technician at the old Provident Hospital and worked for the Baltimore City Bureau of Recreation. While working for the city, he earned a master's degree from what is now Coppin State University.

In 1973 Dr. Johnson enrolled in the University of Maryland's Dental School. He graduated in May 1977 at age 41 and was commissioned an officer in the United States Public Health Service. He served in Michigan and Williamsport, Pa., where he resided at the time of his death.

Services were held Wednesday.

Survivors include a son, Edward W. Johnson III of Baltimore; a daughter, Valerie G. Gunn of Pikesville; a stepson, Ian Fitzpatrick of Baltimore; five sisters, Doris Smith, Loraine Green, Edna Simmons, Betty Simmons and Shirley Warren, all of Baltimore; and two grandsons.

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