Gregory Johnson ’71 Inducted 1994


Gregory   Johnson

Known for his ferocious intensity, Greg Johnson toyed with opposing centers from his noseguard position during the late '60s and early '70s. Constantly double-teamed due to his ability to penetrate the offensive line, Johnson still led the team in tackles his junior and senior seasons. He was a three-time all-conference selection, and a member of the 1967 and 1968 MIAC Championship teams. Johnson was also a two-time Little All-American ('69 and 70), and his teammates selected him as their most valuable player during those same seasons.
Graduating with a double major in mathematics and physics, Johnson went on to earn his teaching certificate and then taught math and physics and coached football at Pine City and New Ulm High Schools.
He enrolled in the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1974 and graduated in 1978. After a residency in St. Paul, Minnesota, Johnson started a private family practice in 1981 in Red Lodge, Montana, where he also served as the Carbon County Coroner from 1952 until 1984. In July of 1985, he began a general surgery residency at Blodgett Memorral Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he held a private general surgery practice in Grand Rapids. In addition to his general surgery practice, Johnson was the trauma director at St. Mary's Hospital. He has received numerous honors in his medical career including General Surgery Residency Teacher of the Year Award in 1992 and Family Practice Residency Instructor Recognition Award in 1994. Greg and his wife Susan have two sons, Reid and Kurt.