Staton Wright Johnson, state IWIF official

October 31, 2008|By JACQUES KELLY

Staton Wright Johnson, a retired official of Maryland's Injured Workers' Insurance Fund, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Tuesday at his Roland Park home. He was 84.

Born in Gibson, N.C., he served in the Army in an infantry unit in Europe. After the war, he moved to Baltimore and earned an accounting degree from Loyola College.

He began work as a general agent for Equitable Life of New York and in 1962 joined the Injured Workers' Insurance Fund as an investigator. He was later named director of underwriting. In 1979, he became assistant superintendent, and he retired in 1992.

An avid golfer, traveler and stock market enthusiast, he regularly talked sports and politics with his Loyola College classmates who met monthly for lunch, a tradition they maintained since their 1949 graduation, family members said.

"Dad enjoyed traveling with Mom and loved to visit golf resorts he had seen on television," said his son, Dr. Robert Kirk Johnson of Baltimore. "His collection of logo golf balls is legendary. One of the best times we shared was when we attended the Masters in Augusta."

A memorial service will be held at noon tomorrow at Mitchell-Wiedefeld Funeral Home, 6500 York Road in Rodgers Forge.

Survivors also include his wife of 59 years, the former Cyrilla Kirk; two daughters, Dr. Deborah Johnson Naylor of Baltimore and Kathleen Johnson Young of Springfield, Va; and six grandchildren.

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