Continuing a Legacy of Support for Junior Faculty

The late Kathleen Johnson, PharmD ’78, MPH, PhD, was committed to nurturing emerging leaders in the field. Now, the USC School of Pharmacy is paying tribute to her memory through creation of a fund to foster promising new research and support professional development for early-career faculty.

Johnson passed away in 2012 after serving the school for 28 years, first as an assistant professor and eventually vice dean of clinical affairs and outcomes sciences, chair of the Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy, and the William A. and Josephine A. Heeres Chair in Community Pharmacy.

Kathleen Johnson’s family addresses guests at a reception on August 25, 2018 for the Kathleen Johnson Endowed Legacy Fund.

A dedicated teacher, Johnson mentored PharmD candidates as well as master’s and doctoral students in public health and epidemiology and in pharmaceutical economics and policy. She always encouraged students and young faculty to follow their professional passions and broaden their horizons about what pharmacy can accomplish — not just in improving lives but also in bettering the world.

“Kathy was always looking for a way to connect people with opportunity — so that each individual could advance and grow, but also because she knew the person she was connecting would do the same for others,” says Wynnsan Moore, Johnson’s husband. “She would be immensely proud that among her legacies at the school is an endowment that supports the professional growth of young faculty.”

To support the fund, contact Cheryl Stanovich at or 323-442-1738.