Richard Johnson


Richard Aina Johnson

February 24, 1936 – February 10, 2022

With gratitude to God for a life well spent, we announce the passing into the glory of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and father-in-law on February 10, 2022, at the age of 85, in the comfort of his home. He was born on February 24, 1936, to Caxton and Mary Johnson in Lagos, Nigeria. He was the youngest of four children.

Richard attended primary school at Elizabeth Fowler Private School in Wakeman Street and then had Secondary education at the Methodist Boys High School where he passed the Cambridge School Certificate Examination with good grades in science subjects in 1953. He joined the colonial civil service and became a pioneer student at the Federal School of Medical Laboratory Technology (FSMLT), Broad Street, Lagos in 1954, completed his studies in FSMLT and proceeded to England where he qualified in Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science at the Sheffield Royal Infirmary and became an Associate of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology, London in 1960. He returned to Nigeria in the same year and continued his work in the Pathology Department of the General Hospital, the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital in the Blood Bank and also joined the teaching team in the school. He returned to Sheffield in later years to earn another qualification in Histopathology making him a Fellow of the Institute in 1966. Richard was a pioneer student at the Medical Laboratory Tutors programme at the Royal Free Hospital in London, where he earned a Teaching Diploma. In addition, he was at Prince Edward VII College, also in London where he studied for a Diploma in management. He was actively involved in early plans to move the FSMLT out of Lagos in the mid-70s and moved to Jos with the school in 1978. He was invited to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex, Ile-Ife in 1979 to kick-start a School of Medical Laboratory Science in that teaching hospital.

He served his profession creditably at a time the Institute Of Medical Laboratory Technology in Nigeria was facing enormous challenges and when he was the Interim Secretary, sacrificed his personal comfort and resources to ensure that the profession not only survived but also lived to its full potential as is witnessed today. His interest in growing and grooming young ones into the profession and his interaction with the burgeoning Institute as an Assessor, Examiner and Examiner Centre Coordinator continued until his retirement in 1991.

His strongest assets were his quiet, unassuming disposition, unbending integrity, reliability and uncompromising love for family and his profession.

He was a member of the choir in his church from a young age and enjoyed singing, listening to good music, reading, watching movies and having intellectual discussions with people.       

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