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Dr. Timothy Andrew Johnson - Southport

Dr. Timothy Andrew Johnson - SouthportDr. Timothy Andrew Johnson, born March 29, 1950, in Fremont, Ohio, died peacefully at home in Southport, North Carolina, on Thursday, March 7, 2013, with his wife of over 43 years holding his hand.

He is survived by his wife, Robin, son Andrew (Mary Beth) of Flagstaff, Arizona, son Scott currently deployed to Afghanistan and granddaughter Emma McDowell of Salem, Oregon, daughter Rebecca Gunn (Steven) and grandson Landon Timothy Gunn of Kings Mountain, North Carolina, brother James (Kathy) of Houston, Texas, brother Thomas (Patricia) of Elgin, Illinois, brother John (Nancy) of Lansing, Illinois, and numerous nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law.

Tim received his B.S. in Education at Illinois State University, his M.S. in Natural Science at Chicago State University, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was an educator and medical researcher for 39 years, beginning as a high school science teacher in South Holland, Illinois, and culminating as the founding Associate Dean for Research at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke, Virginia. He also spent over 20 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, and four years at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, as a professor and researcher in the Department of Cardiology. During his career, which focused on teaching and on researching sudden cardiac death, Dr. Johnson mentored over 50 graduate students, cardiology fellows, medical students, and undergraduate students, collaborated with many scientists, physicians, and cardiology fellows from around the country and the world, contributed to over 150 publications, abstracts, and presentations, was an investigator on research projects funded by over 25 grants totaling several million dollars, participated in a number of patent applications, and received an assortment of honors. He was especially proud of last month’s naming of The Timothy A. Johnson, Ph.D. Medical Scholar Lecture Series at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.

Even with all of these professional accomplishments, the real joy for Tim was found in the time he spent with his family. Tim was a gentle, kind, and good man who loved and treasured his family and friends. He thoroughly enjoyed holding and playing with each of his babies and grandbabies, taking his sons fishing and camping, going to his children’s dance, band, and choral recitals, taking road trips with his children, doing the Macarena with his daughter, and walking on the beach with Robin and his beloved Corki. Tim was so proud of each of his children and many of his nieces and nephews, and he was very sad that he would not have more time to spend with his grandchildren. Tim loved to putter around the house and yard, to fix things (the more mechanical, the better), to take naps, and to watch junk TV. He had a delightfully wicked sense of humor, he loved to tell funny stories to just about anyone, and he made jokes almost to his last moment.

There will be a memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Southport, North Carolina.

During his lifetime, Tim was an active church member, a strong believer in the value of education and medical research, and a supporter of many organizations and activities that benefit people or animals in need. He also greatly appreciated the dedication and thoughtfulness of the Hospice professionals who saw to his comfort in the last month. Instead of flowers, please consider making a contribution to a local service organization, charity, or religious institution of your choice in memory of Tim.

Tim will be missed by all who knew and love him.

Peacock-Newnam & White Funeral and Cremation Service, Southport


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