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Dr. Marion Johnston: A woman who helped 'make' Central PA

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Feb 25, 2013 7:22 AM

Dr. Marion Johnston, left, and daughter Lucy Johnston

In conjunction with the PBS documentary MAKERS: Women Who Make America, witf has been collecting inspiring and untold stories of remarkable Central Pennsylvania women. We've received a number of inspiring stories of local women, and will be sharing them with you at our Makers page.

Ann Johnston, of York County, shared the story of her mother, Dr. Marion Johnston, of Cumberland County, who became a female physician in the 1950's despite social challenges.

"Dr. Marion Johnston has been a huge inspiration to many women in Central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Johnston, a pediatrician, practiced medicine in Sewickley, PA and then in Carlisle PA. For many of these years, she was the only or nearly the only woman physician on the hospital staff. She graduated in 1949 from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, now part of Drexel.

The year Marion was born, women had just won the right to vote in the US. Despite the cultural and social pressures against women entering the work force, Dr. Marion pursued her dreams of becoming a physician. She went on to marry another physician and to raise five children.

Dr. Marion has been a role model at each step of the way to her four daughters and to others who have met her: on how to pursue your dreams, on how to balance work and family and now on how to age gracefully."

Do you know a woman of excellence in the midstate? Share the story of a woman who made a difference in central Pennsylvania here.


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