John L. Johnston, D.O., passed away December 22, 2011 at the age of 89. A past president of the POMA, Dr. Johnston devoted his life to the osteopathic profession as a surgeon, leader and administrator.

Dr. Johnston is a 1952 graduate of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a surgery residency at South Bend (Ind.) Osteopathic Hospital, where he remained for six years. He relocated to Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, and Grove City, Pennsylvania, before settling in Clarion, Pennsylvania.

A fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, Dr. Johnson practiced at Clarion Hospital since 1976. He served the hospital as chairman of the surgical department, president of the medical staff, and as a member of the board of trustees.

A past chairman of the Pennsylvania State Board of Osteopathic Medicine (SBOM), Dr. Johnston served on the board for six years. He was also a licensure examiner for the SBOM.

Dr. Johnston served as a member of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) board of trustees since 1995. He was honored with the 2010 President's Award by the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine for his service to the college and to the osteopathic profession.

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