Making good

  • Harry Johnson
Harry Johnson (Submitted photo )
July 12, 2011|By AEGIS EDITORIAL

In 2003 when Havre de Grace High School Graduate Harry S. Johnson took the oath of office to become president of the Maryland State Bar Association, we wrote: "He is truly a pioneer, brings even greater honor to his parents, his family, his friends, his schoolmates and his home county."

On that occasion, Johnson was the first African-American elected president of the state bar, quite an advancement considering that when he first started going to public schools in Harford County, those schools were still segregated by race.

After graduating from Havre de Grace High in 1972, he went on to earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1976 and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1979. Since then, he's been honored within his profession as one of Maryland's Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers and in 2003, the year he became state bar president, with a Leadership in Law award.

Johnson's noteworthy work in Maryland continues, and a new achievement has been added to an already long list of accomplishments: he was recently named chairman of the GBMC Healthcare Inc. Board of Directors. GBMC, or the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, is one of several key medical institutions in the Baltimore area, an area that is notable for its world-leading medical facilities.

Johnson has had an affiliation with GBMC since the mid 1980s, so presumably he's well versed in the organization's operation. He also has demonstrated a high level of commitment to doing key work in offices of great responsibility, so there's reason to expect more of the same.

And, in the case of Harry Johnson, more of the same is a very good thing.

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