Johnson, John Triplett Haxall

Johnson, John Triplett Haxall

July 19, 1922 – April 3, 2017
Age 94, passed away peacefully on April 3, 2017, at Parkwood Shores in St. Louis Park, MN. Jerry, a resident of Baltimore, MD, for the majority of his life, lived in Minnesota for the last two and a half years to be near his daughters. Jerry was born on July 19, 1922, to Robert W. Johnson MD, and Rose Haxall Johnson. He attended Princeton University and Johns Hopkins Medical School before starting a career as an orthopedic surgeon. He married Eleanor Boyd of Philadelphia in 1946, with whom he had three children. Jerry and Ellie were avid birdwatchers and nature lovers and they both were stewards of the land, active in garden and nature groups in Baltimore and Sanibel, FL. Jerry and Ellie, and later Jerry and his second wife, Patricia Coles Dixon, were also enthusiastic travelers. Jerry was preceded in death by his two wives, Ellie and Pat, and at age 94, by most of his same-generation relatives and friends. He is survived by his sister, Posey (Peter) Randall of Philadelphia, three children, Polly (Gary) Bayrd of Minnetonka, MN; Bill (Denise) Johnson of Santa Fe, NM; and Anne Johnson (Stephen Befort) of St. Paul, MN. He is also survived by grandchildren, Ellie (Lance) Siler, Garrett (Megan) Bayrd, Anna Befort, Adam Johnson, Claire Johnson, Emma Johnson and Grace Befort. Also surviving are three great grandchildren, a great granddaughter expected in June and two step great granddaughters. A very special thanks go to the staff at Parkwood Shores and the staff of Lifesprk who cared for Jerry during his final year, especially Joyce Hantuba, Aisha Sugule and Deqa Sugule. A small service will be held at Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, MD, this summer. Memorials can be made to Planned Parenthood, the Nature Conservancy or the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation. (Published in the Star Tribune on Apr. 5, 2017)