BENJAMIN A. JOHNSON: 1922-2010; Doctor 'Really Cared about People' He Also Served on Environmental Boards and a State Ethics Panel

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Byline: JESSIE-LYNNE KERR

Benjamin Allen Johnson, a pediatric allergist who served on Jacksonville's Environmental Protection Board, died at his Jacksonville home Wednesday of cancer. He was 87.

At his request, there will be no funeral.

Dr. Johnson, a Jacksonville native, graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1941. He attended the University of Florida until serving in the Army in World War II. After the war, he did his pre-med studies at Harvard University, then graduated from Yale University with his M.D. degree in 1949.

He did an internship at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington, then served as a medical officer in the Air Force at various stations around the world during the Korean War.

Dr. Johnson was a fellow in pediatric allergy at Duke University School of Medicine before entering private practice in the specialty in Jacksonville in 1957. He was a fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Allergy.

After 10 years in private practice, he attended the University of North Carolina and received a master's degree in public health.

He served in various positions in local and state government with the state Board of Health, including Children's Medical Services, Worker's Compensation and other administrative positions. …