Jeff and Marcia Johnson
One of this year’s honorees is a duo! Half of the husband-wife pair went on to practice medicine and support prostate cancer research, while the other has devoted her life to serving children and schools in her community.
Jeff and Marcia Johnson were high school sweethearts, and they both attended Parkview High School their freshman year. Although Jeff went on to graduate from Parkview, Marcia was a part of the first sophomore class when Glendale High School opened, and she graduated a Falcon. Marcia said that Glendale felt like home for her, she especially enjoyed her journalism classes that were taught by her favorite teacher, Charlotte Ellis. Jeff also enjoyed his journalism teacher, Mar’Lyn Cowan, as well as a number of his English teachers. Both Marcia and Jeff wrote for their school newspapers, but journalism wasn’t their only calling.
Marcia attended Drury University and eventually went to St. Louis to work as an elementary school teacher in the Parkway School District. Jeff went on to attend Vanderbilt University, University of Arkansas and University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The couple eventually moved back to Springfield and had three children.
After medical school, Jeff followed in his father’s footsteps to became a urologist, and the two practiced together for about 10 years in Springfield. Over the course of his career, Jeff also served as Chief of Surgery at St. John’s Hospital, Study Site Coordinator for the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial, and the Founder and Medical Advisor for Prostate Cancer support Group.
Over the years, children and education became Marcia’s passions, and Marcia continued to stay heavily involved. She served as PTA and PTSA President for Delaware Elementary, Jarrett Junior High and Parkview High School; Vice President of the PTSA at Glendale High School; and a member of the Child Advocacy Center Board of Directors.
Today, Marcia still works with Foster Adopt Connect, which aids children in the foster care system and helps find mentors for them. They both are a part of the Springfield Public Schools Foundation endowments for Parkview and Glendale high schools and the Johnson Fellow pro- gram at the University of Arkansas. Jeff retired in 2018, and they both enjoy spending time with their three kids and five grandchildren.