Former OSU professor Richard Eric Johnson died April 21, 2016 at the age of 85. Johnson was a faculty member with the College of Pharmacy from 1965-1973.
Richard was born June 30, 1930 in Sewickley, PA, to Erik Axel Johnson (Johannson) of Soderfors, Sweden, and Norma Heinlein (Johnson) of Coraopolis, PA. His youth was influenced by the Great Depression and WWII. These historical events influenced the ultimate course of his life. He graduated from Coraopolis High School, PA in 1948. He began his college education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, and graduated from Ohio Northern University School of Pharmacy in 1952. He was also drafted in 1952 and served in the US Army as a pharmacy technician, primarily in Germany, until 1954. Upon discharge from the army he returned to practicing pharmacy in the US, and then went on to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. During this time he met and married Eileen Anne Sullivan in 1959.
Following graduation, he joined the faculty of Oregon State University, School of Pharmacy, in 1965. During the summers he worked at the Center for Health Research (CHR), Kaiser Permanente Northwest Region (KPNW). He joined CHR as a full-time Investigator in 1973. During his tenure he published more than 70 articles in professional journals. He and a colleague originated the drug formulary in the KPNW Program and also the concept of an automated prescription refill pharmacy, now in operation. He retired from CHR in 1997.
In his spare time, you could find him in a room consisting of a substantial collection and operating layout of model trains that he maintained for over 30 years. He also enjoyed cross-country skiing, beachcombing, international travel, and attending his grandchildren’s activities.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eileen, his daughter Kelly Streit (Russell), sons Jay (Deborah), Brian (Carol), and Joel (Dusty) and seven grandchildren.
His wife, family, friends, work, and model trains were his treasures. A celebration of his life has been held.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Program or a charity of your choice.