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Publication: Globe and Mail, The
Issue: 9 October 2010, page S8
Title: WALTER H. JOHNSON (Death Notice)
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WALTER H. JOHNSON, PH.D. , F.C.A.S.I. FEBRUARY 9, 1911 OCTOBER 3, 2010 DR. WALTER H. JOHNSON Passed away peacefully at Sunnybrook Hospital under the care of family. Dr. Johnson will be remembered for his quiet dedication, gentle nature and as a skilled pilot and sailor. Loving husband to Lois (nee Thompson, pre-deceased) and Joyce (nee Fraser, pre-deceased). Dearly missed by son David Johnson of Frankfurt, Germany, daughter Barbara Armstrong of Toronto and daughter Meli Fraser of Toronto, as well as grandchildren Jill Kinney, James Armstrong, Geoffrey Armstrong and Kevin Johnson. Dr. Johnson led a remarkable life and career. A pioneer in the field of aviation and aerospace medicine, he accomplished significant, breakthrough research in survival tactics and pilot safety through the R.C.A.F. (Flt. Lieutenant) and led internationallyrecognized studies of the understanding of motion sickness and the physiological effects of space travel through research with N.A.S.A., St. Michael's Hospital, and the University of Toronto. Appointments, Professorships, Research Directorships and Fellowships held by Dr. Johnson included McGill U., Georgetown U., U. of Western Ontario, U.S. Naval Aero-Space Inst., St. Michael's Hospital, Dept. Of National Health (Can.), Brandeis U., Aerospace Medical Association (U.S.A.) and U. of Toronto, among others. Recognitions include awards for his contributions to SkyLab by N.A.S.A. (1975), the Queen Elizabeth Centennial Medal (1977), participation on the Nomination Committee for the Nobel Prize in Medicine (1976), and leading participation in various Medical Academies, Societies and Associations in the fields of Astronautics, Aero-Space Medicine and Otolaryngology. Born and raised in Westmount Québec and Nova Scotia, Dr. Johnson was a passionate pilot (past-President of the Toronto Flying Club) and skilled in flying a variety of aircraft for research and pleasure a love shared by and with his son David. Dr. Johnson will be remembered also for his love of swimming, good food, skiing and hockey. He shared a fierce love of sailing, especially his Shark at the R.C.Y.C. in Toronto with his family. The Admiral's seat is now empty. Family and friends are welcome to a Memorial at the Meighen Retirement Centre (84 Davisville Avenue, Toronto) on Friday October 15th from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers would be appreciated to The Salvation Army who contributed greatly to his care in his final years.