MHA Mourns Passing of Long-Time President Spencer Johnson

Posted on November 11, 2019

Spencer JohnsonIt is with great sadness that the MHA family announces the passing of Spencer Johnson, who was our association’s president and leader for three decades. Spencer retired in 2015 after 30 years at the helm of the MHA and is a dear colleague and friend to so many of us in the healthcare community. He will be missed. We ask that you keep the entire Johnson family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. The MHA will share additional information on in the coming days about Spencer’s life and the incredible impact he had on healthcare in Michigan and beyond. 

Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association: “In the 100-year history of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association, no one has been more impactful to our organization – or to Michigan healthcare – than Spence Johnson.  The MHA headquarters building in Okemos bears his name with good reason, as he was a visionary leader who dramatically transformed and improved the association during his 30-year tenure as President.  Among his many important legacies is this one: there are many, many Michiganders who are alive and well today because of Spence’s compassionate and tenacious advocacy in pursuit of access to high-quality, affordable healthcare for all.  Spence was my boss, my mentor, and my friend, and like countless others, I mourn his passing but celebrate the extraordinary legacy that he leaves for us all.”  


Services: A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home located at 900 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. the following day, Nov. 14, at St. Martha’s Catholic Church located at 1100 W. Grand River Ave., Okemos. 

The MHA invites you to share your memories and condolences with the Johnson family and the entire MHA family. Messages sent here will be compiled by MHA staff and shared with the Johnsons. Read Spencer's Obituary. 


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