Three distinguished alumni were inducted into the Claflin University Hall of Fame during the 16th Annual Presidential Scholarship Gala on Friday, November 20, 2009. One of this year’s honorees was Ms. Flossie M Johnson, ’51, a trailblazing hospital administrator who is a beacon in her Bronx community.
Ms. Flossie M. Johnson, a 1951 graduate from Claflin with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology, is an Orangeburg native who currently lives in Bronx, New York.
For 44 years, she served in a number of capacities at the Columbia University/Harlem Hospital Center Department of Pathology. Ms. Johnson was the first African American supervisor of the Charles Drew Blood Bank at the hospital.
An active member of her community and a long-time member of Shaw United Methodist Church, Ms. Johnson is a proud alumna of the University having attended 33 consecutive Claflin University International Alumni Association Conventions. She received her Golden Diploma, commemorating her 50th year since graduation, from the University in 2001.
Ms. Johnson lives by the philosophy that, “If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living shall not be in vain.”
Her grandfather, Mr. H.E. Frederick, Sr., worked as a custodian at Clafin for many years.