Theodore Johnstone, a staple of the Madera medical community for the last 45 years, has had a professional life that took him across the globe.
Within six years of earning his license to practice medicine in July of 1960, Johnstone, his wife Kitsy and the first three of four daughters found themselves in Nigeria as he worked at a Seventh-day Adventist Hospital in a town called Ile-Ife.
His 18 months there, he said, was spent treating all manner of medical emergencies for West Africa’s needy people.
“It was the most fabulous thing I’ve done professionally in my life,” Johnstone said. “Everybody was needy over there at that time. The health situation was just, you can’t imagine how bad it was. I saw everything. That was a wild time, but it was a very good time… every night I knew somebody was alive that day because I was there.” ...