Former SMHS dean visits campus for tree planting


A former dean of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and his wife who is an alumna of the University were back on campus to plant and dedicate a tree in their names.

Tom Johnson, M.D., who served as dean of the medical school from 1977 to 1988, joined his wife, Jane, for an informal plaque unveiling near the tree, between the Education Building and Witmer Hall.

The Johnsons planted trees at both of their alma maters. Dr. Johnson graduated from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. Jane Johnson graduated from UND in 1962 with a bachelor's degree in medical technology and taught in the medical technology program at UND in the 1970s.

Jane also was director of the North Dakota State Laboratories Department and director of the state’s Public Health Laboratory in the 1980s. The Johnsons have contributed to the UND Foundation and asked that a tree be planted in their honor.