The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine lost a much beloved and deeply respected member of its family. Paul Johnson, better known as PJ, died peacefully at home on Saturday, November 14 in the care of hospice and surrounded by his family—just as he wished. He was 71 years old.
For 30 years, PJ was the instructional supervisor in the Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology department, now Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience. He was an invaluable colleague to faculty, staff, and students throughout the college. PJ was key in establishing and managing the Worthman Anatomy Museum and provided expert oversight of the veterinary anatomy area in McCoy Hall–a place all WSU veterinary students know well. He helped generations of students become veterinarians.
PJ will be remembered for his tough exterior, huge heart, incredible athletic feats, and his numerous exploits. There are so very many stories and incredible memories. Friends are working on a plan to honor his memory, so stay tuned.