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Memorable Manitobans: Percival Johnson (1907-1983)


Born at Edinburgh, North Dakota on 28 October 1907, the second youngest of twelve children born to Jon and Gudjburg Johnson, he attended the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks for a year then entered the Manitoba Medical College, graduating in medicine from the University of Manitoba in 1934. In the fall of 1935 he moved to Flin Flon and began his 38 years of medical practice in the Flin Flon Clinic, becoming senior partner in 1943 and Chief of Staff of the Flin Flon General Hospital. He was instrumental in the formation of the Hudsons Bay Mining Employees Health Plan, one of the earlier such plans in the province. He retired in August 1973 and moved to Winnipeg.

He served as President of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba (1955 to 1956) and was made a Life Member of the organization. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons (1955) and a senior member of the Canadian Medical Association. He received the MHS Centennial Medal (1970) and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1975).

He died at Winnipeg on 5 February 1983 and was buried in the Town of Morris cemetery.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1983, page 40.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 January 2010

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