Robert Kirkland Johnston

Born in Clarksville, Arkansas on April 19, 1940

Departed on October 11, 2014 and resided in Nashville, TN

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Dr. Robert K. Johnston was born in Clarksville, Arkansas, April 19, 1940 to Anne Vanderslice and Robert Hartman Johnston, who predeceased him. He died October 11 at home with his family at his bedside. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Martha Johnston; his five children, James (Pamela) Johnston, Lexington, KY, Andrew (Kristen) Johnston Houston, TX, Elizabeth (Timothy) Howard, Brentwood, TN, Dr. David ( Dr. Jennifer) Johnston, Clarksville, TN, Mary (James) Tayloe Memphis, TN; eleven grandchildren, Alexander, Margaret, William, and Robert Howard; Leah and Brian Johnston; Hannah, Katherine and Matthew Johnston; and Caroline and Camille Johnston; two sisters, Eloise (Joe) Galvan, San Antonio TX and Camille Jones, Donna TX; one brother, Walter (Barbara) Johnston, Buda TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was raised in Mercedes, Texas and attended Maryville College. He received his MD from Vanderbilt University. Bob served in the Medical Corps of the Army at Fort Benning and in Vi-etnam and was honorably discharged with a rank of Major.

In addition to his family and his church, Dr. Johnston had four great loves. He loved music, fre-quently attended the symphony and sang in the choirs of both Hillwood Presbyterian and Trinity Presbyterian. He was an avid tennis player, winning local, state, and national titles. He believed in sharing his healing gifts, and was a frequent missionary to Kikuyu Orthopedic and Rehabilita-tion Center, an East African Presbyterian Institution outside Nairobi, Kenya. He also loved his medical practice, which began with the Edwards-Eve Clinic at St. Thomas hospital, subsequent-ly became the Lipscomb Clinic, and finally Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance. After retiring from TOA, he continued to practice at The General Hospital at Meharry until June 2014.

He was a member of Hillwood Presbyterian Church where he was on the session working with Room in the Inn and Habitat for Humanity. He served on the boards of The Medical Benevo-lence Foundation, Park Manor retirement home, and the Wilson Rehabilitation Center. He served as a church league basketball coach for many years.

A memorial service will be held at Hillwood Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, October 15, at 2:30 with visitation to precede at the church at 1:30. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hillwood Presbyterian Church, 6220 Hickory Valley Road, Nashville TN 37205, or The Wilson Rehabilitation Center, 2632 Purdue Drive, Vestal, NY 13850.

3 Comments to Dr. Robert Kirkland Johnston

  1. Kern Ewing
    October 14, 2014 2:12 pm

    Bobby was a great guy and truly fun to grow up with.

    Kern Ewing, MHS ’58

  2. Robert McRae
    October 14, 2014 2:47 pm

    Dr. Johnston was a true gentleman and someone that I always looked up to. He was also a great competitor on the tennis court with a deep love of the game. R McRae

  3. Marcy Cole
    October 14, 2014 4:40 pm

    I am truly sorry to hear this news. I worked with Dr. J and Dr. Synder and truly enjoyed it. They both molded me as a person and a health care provider. I cherish the memories.

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