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Dartmouth Commencement 2009

Posted 06/14/09

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Honorary degree citation to Dr. Raymond B. Johnson, M.D. '59 (Doctor of Science)

Dr. Raymond B. JohnsonGrowing up in Washington, D.C., the son of an interior decorator and painter without a college education, you wrote in your Dartmouth application about the values you had learned at home and as an Eagle Scout, especially respect for others and helpfulness. These are values that have guided you through your long career.

A psychology major in the Class of 1959, your activities at Dartmouth included Winter Carnival, Ledyard Canoe Club, the German Club, and Delta Upsilon. You went on to graduate from Howard University College of Medicine, joined the Navy Medical Corps, and distinguished yourself as a physician, scientist, and the first African American to be appointed commanding officer at two different Naval medical centers.

Retiring from active service in 1985, you launched an equally successful career in the Department of Clinical Research at Pfizer, where you focused on the development of antibiotics to treat typhoid fever and sexually transmitted diseases and documented your work in more than 60 publications.

Your extensive community service addresses the needs of disadvantaged youth and mental-health problems. Fellow trustees of the Waterford Country School named the Children's Medical Clinic in your honor, recognizing your commitment and effectiveness in improving the lives of children.

Your alma mater is grateful for your selfless accomplishments and takes special pride in recognizing you with the honorary degree, Doctor of Science.

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