Florence Merriam Johnson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Florence Merriam Johnson was born in Montclair, New Jersey back in 1876 to Charles and Henrietta.  She graduated from Smith College in 1897, she completed training at the New York Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1908.  After graduation, she ran the dispensary at Cornett University.  She also taught at Teachers College, Columbia University.

She directed the social service department at Harlem Hospital.  She became director of the Department of Nursing, Atlantic Division, American Red Cross in 1917, during WWI.  She was responsible for equipment and over 10,000 Army, Navy and Red Cross nursing personnel between embarkation and debarkation.  During WWII she ran the nurse recruiting program.  She died in 1954, she was 77.

What you may not know about Florence is that she was one of the first six American recipients of the Florence Nightingale Medal by the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1920.

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Comments (19)

Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

Thank you, James.  Ms. Johnson seems to be a very dedicated and efficient care giver. A very special person!

Dec 26, 2020 03:19 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

She must have been very good at her profession and deserving of the recognition,

Thankfully for many nurses, EMT's, and others on the frontlines deserve more recognition.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 26, 2020 04:33 AM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

She sounds like a wonderful woman that did a lot of great things for others!  I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Dec 26, 2020 05:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, James... here's another fabulously accomplished woman who should serve as a role model for girls and young women... and yet we never hear about her.

Dec 26, 2020 05:15 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Florence wanted to serve without thinking of honors. Enjoy your day!

Dec 26, 2020 05:39 AM
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Such a great group of folks that we sometimes forget about so hats off to all those who have served.

Dec 26, 2020 05:46 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I love reading about those who's life ambition is to serve others James Dray . Thanks for telling us about Henretta.

Dec 26, 2020 05:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a very special weekend.

Dec 26, 2020 05:55 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - she already had the right first name during the war.  Wonder what she did during the 1918 pandemic.

Dec 26, 2020 06:41 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Another great American hero, and a good example of what makes this country so amazing.

Dec 26, 2020 08:07 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello James Dray thank you for sharing Florence Merriam Johnson's great accomplishments. Have a good day!

Dec 26, 2020 08:57 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What an accomplished individual and a wonderful role model. Nice to hear she got the recognition she deserved.


Dec 26, 2020 09:25 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and Merry Christmas a day late and thanks you for these great history lessons.


Dec 26, 2020 09:26 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello James Dray thank you for another fascinating biography

Dec 26, 2020 09:29 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love the story of another Florence in the nursing profession getting a Florence medal.  A wonderful salute to the nursing profession.  A

Dec 26, 2020 10:59 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- we are rich in our history of accomplished women!!!  

Dec 26, 2020 12:31 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Florence received one of the highest compliments and awards a nurse could receive in life. Thank you again for sharing  and I hope you are having a great weekend James Dray 

Dec 26, 2020 02:14 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Wow James how awesome is that,, I am so glad you are doing these posts, just to be clear many years ago Ron and Alexandra Seigel said to me check out James Dray's post.... and since then I have been a fan Endre

Dec 26, 2020 10:06 PM
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Dec 27, 2020 02:21 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Over the course of her career, Florence Merriam Johnson, contributed greatly to saving lives and helping other to save lives.

Jul 11, 2021 05:59 PM