WILLIAM AMOS JOHNSON, B.A., M.D.
Born April 26, 1902 Died November 25, 1927
Professor of Anatomy, Wake Forest College, 1926-27
But the mental qualifications which he demonstrated were after all
not so significant in his work as the traits of personality, the spiritual
attributes recognized best by those who were intimately acquainted
with him. Dr. Johnson had the capacity for strong, quiet enthusiasm,
for deep loyalty, for beautiful affection. It was our immeasurable
advantage that in large degree this institution was the object of his
enthusiasm and his loyalty, and our boys were the happy ends of his
affection.
Thus he brought to the College far more than even the most
generous interpretation of contactual obligation could imply. He gave
not the mere discharge of duty, though he never failed in this; he gave
us the bounty of his talent, his time, his interest. There was little pre-
tension in his work; he blew no trumpets announcing the surplus of
his service; gentle and modest in every relationship, he vaunted not
himself. But his helpfulness in courteous consideration for every one
of his students, in tireless watch-care over athletics, in tender devotion
to the boys who were sick, and intelligent analysis of the currents of
campus life as they affected the welfare of the college community--
this helpfulness was of the quality of highest service. I must be
allowed to enlarge a moment upon his generous relations with in-
dividual students. Kindness flowed from him like a fountain of pure
water, unpolluted by cant or hypocrisy of self-seeking. I have seen his
patience as, long after hours, students of his classes detained him to
draw more largely from his stored wisdom. I have seen him comfort
with a mother's gentleness the bruised boy upon the playground. I
have seen him go silently and sympathetically his round among the
prostrate form in the hospital. I know that by such ministries of
helpfulness he has placed the college everlastingly in his debt.-From
address by President Francis Pendleton Gaines, at the memorial
service.
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