Eagle Scout: 19 August 1924
Birth: 16 October 1907
Death: 23 December 1995
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery
Civic leader and pediatrician George Dean Johnson dies at 88
George Dean Johnson, a longtime pediatrician and civic leader in Spartanburg, died Saturday after a lengthy illness. He was 88.
A native of Spartanburg County,he was the widower of Elizabeth Brown Heath and son of the late Jessie Dean and Edwin W. Johnson.
Johnson was a charter member of Boy Scout Troop No. 1 at the Church of the Advent and was the first Eagle Scout in Spartanburg County. He was a Citadel graduate and received his medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston, becoming the first instructor in pediatrics at MUSC.
He opened his pediatric practice in Spartanburg in 1938, and for 16 years he served as one of the state’s two delegates to the AMA. He was president of the Spartanburg County Medical Society in 1966 and served as president of the South Carolina Medical Association.
He was the pediatrician for the Spartanburg Crippled Children’s Clinic for 30 years.
In 1945, he was elected to the Spartanburg School District 7 board of trustees and became chairman in 1950.
He was chairman or the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce and served for seven years as director of the Spartanburg County Foundation. He served on the Salvation Army board, the Mountain View board, the city’s Advisory Committee on Human Relations and numerous other organizations. He was a member of the Spartanburg Rotary Club and the Episcopal Church of the Advent.
Survivors include three sons, George Dean Johnson Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Stewart Heath Johnson of Spartanburg and Edwin Wallace Johnson II of Columbia; and six grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Advent by the Rev. Dr. Clay H. Turner, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Advent Foundation, 131 Advent St., Spartanburg, 29302.
J .F. Floyd Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.