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Health Care Hall of Fame

Robert Wood Johnson
Inducted in 1990

Robert Wood Johnson
1893-1968
Inducted in 1990


Robert Wood Johnson, or “Gen. Johnson” as most people knew him because of his service as a brigadier general in World War II, is perhaps best remembered as the man who left most of his fortune to his eponymous foundation aimed at improving Americans’ health and healthcare.

Johnson was the longtime chairman of the Johnson & Johnson company, which was founded by his father and two uncles. It was Johnson, however, who was able to turn a small surgical supply company into an international behemoth.

Always thinking about improving healthcare, a colleague once said that even on his death bed, he was contemplating improvements to the hospital bed in which he laid.

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