The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut is pleased to announce Dr. Raymond B. Johnson as the 2009 recipient of the William Crawford Distinguished Service Award. The Crawford Award is an honor given by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut recognizing an outstanding member of the community who has contributed not only to the quality of life in the region but also to his or her fellow neighbors.
Dr. Johnson is the retired Senior Associate Director of Clinical Research at Pfizer, where he worked to further clinical development on drugs treating everything from typhoid fever to sexually transmitted diseases. He was honored with the Central Research Achievement Award by Pfizer for his contributions to Zithromax. Before starting his career at Pfizer, he served as Commanding Officer of the Naval Hospital at Bethesda, MD, overseeing 2,500 military and civilian staff.
He is a member of nearly 20 years on the Board of Trustees at the Waterford Country School. His leadership as Board member and Vice Chairman of the Board prompted the school to name its medical center for him. Earlier this year, he completed a productive and successful tenure on the Board of Directors at Natchaug Hospital, Mansfield, where he served seven of his nine years on the Board as its Chairman.
Dr. Johnson is a Corporator at The William W. Backus Hospital and Dime Bank, and served previously as a member of the Board of Directors of Summer Music. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Connecticut’s African American Affairs Commission.
His alma mater, Dartmouth College, where he was one of only a dozen African-American students at the time, honored him years later with an Honorary Doctorate Degree. Dr. Johnson and his wife, Arlene, live in Noank. They have four children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Crawford Award Dinner honoring Dr. Johnson will be held in November.