Johnson Haynes Death, Obituary – We would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the community at the University of South Alabama on the passing of Johnson Haynes Jr., M.D., who was a longtime and highly respected member of the USA family. Johnson Haynes Jr. had been a part of the USA family for a very long time. During the early hours of this morning, he passed away peacefully at his home. We will communicate the pertinent information as his family puts the finishing touches on the plans for the memorial service and funeral that are being prepared for him.
We will always remember Dr. Haynes as an exceptional clinician and scientist who had a genuine concern for the well-being of his patients. In addition to this, he was a pioneer who paved the way for other African Americans, particularly young people, to pursue careers in medicine and follow in his footsteps. His legacy will be carried on by the many students, faculty members, staff members, and patients whose lives he impacted during the course of his career. In addition to his other roles, he worked as a pulmonologist for USA Health. He also held the positions of assistant dean of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, director of the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center,
director of the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, and professor of internal medicine at the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine. Following completion of his internship in internal medicine and fellowship in pulmonary medicine at USA Health, Dr. Haynes went on to earn his medical degree from Whiddon College of Medicine in 1980 and went on to practice medicine there as a resident and as a fellow. In 1984, he established himself as the first African American to have a professor position in both the clinical and the basic sciences. He formerly served in this capacity at the academic institution.