Dr. T. L. Johnston Medical School Scholarship
The Dr. T. L. Johnston Medical School Scholarship is awarded annually, based on a combination of need and merit, to one first-year medical student in the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.
Theodore “Ted” Leigh Johnston, M.D., of Cheyenne, Wyoming, established the scholarship in 2005 in memory of his wife, Barbara Ruby Johnston.
Ted became an Iowan when his family moved to Indianola, Iowa, when Ted was one year old. His father, Harry Leigh Thompson, practiced medicine there before moving his family to Ames when Ted was seven. Ted graduated from high school in Ames and went on to earn a B.S. degree in chemical engineering in 1943 from Iowa State University (then called Iowa State College). After working as an engineer in Virginia, he returned to Iowa State and in 1946 earned a second B.S. degree in zoology.
Before coming to Iowa City and the University of Iowa, Ted attended medical school at the University of Chicago, receiving his medical degree in 1950. At Iowa, he completed an internship; a residency in neurology (earning his certification in 1952); and a second, longer residency in ophthalmology (1955).
Ted served two years as a captain at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, working in the base’s opthalmology clinic. After his discharge, he stayed in Cheyenne, practicing ophthalmology privately for almost 40 years until his retirment in 1994.
The Johnstons had three children, all of whom followed in their father’s and grandfather’s footsteps to become physicians: Randolph L. Johnston, M.D., is a retinal surgeon in Cheyenne; P. Scott Johnston, M.D., is an emergency physician in Ft. Collins, Colorado (his wife, Ann Yanage, M.D., is also an emergency physician); and Patricia “Patty” Johnston-McNussen, M.D., is a neuro-ophthalmologist in Champaign, Illinois. Like her father, Patty studied at Iowa, completing a neurology residency in 1987 and an ophthalmology fellowship in 1989.
Ted is very pleased to assist UI medical students as they strive to develop meaningful and fulfilling careers.
Congratulations on receiving the Dr. T. L. Johnston Medical School Scholarship