Monday, August 13, 2007


Spencer "Pat" Johnson
Notre Dame High School
Class of 1957

After graduation from Notre Dame High School in 1957, Pat Johnson entered the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Later he earned a Doctorate in Medicine from the Royal College of Surgeons in London. He did medical clerkships at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School. Later in his career Spencer Johnson became a Leadership Fellow in the Harvard Business School and an Advisor to Harvard's Center for Public Leadership.
Dr. Spencer Johnson (“Pat” to us) is one of the world's most influential thinkers and beloved authors. He is renowned for his brief, profound parables that help millions of people. The former physician's stories focus on discovering how to enjoy healthier success, with more meaning and less stress, at work and in life.
Spencer's ten international bestselling books include three #1 bestsellers: Who Moved My Cheese? An A-Mazing Way to Deal with Change, the most widely read book on change; The One Minute Manager, the world's most popular management method, co-authored with Ken Blanchard; and his newest, The Present. Currently, he is revising his popular children’s’ book series, ValueTales. Over 40 million copies of Dr. Johnson's books are in print in 42 languages.
Note: The Internet bookseller announced that it's #1 all-time bestselling book, during it's first ten years of history, is Spencer Johnson's Who Moved My Cheese?
His work has captured the attention of major media, including the BBC, CNN, Fortune, New York Times, Today Show, Time magazine, and United Press International.
Referred to as "The King of Parables" by USA Today, Spencer Johnson is described as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work. His books’ universal principles and practical tools have also made them historical record-breaking bestsellers in many countries, including China and Japan.
Our classmate lives with his wife, Lesley and two of his three sons in Hawaii and New Hampshire. Interested in the arts beyond literature, Pat has served on the Board of Directors for The Honolulu Symphony and the Advisory Board of He enjoys sports, boating, traveling, music and conversation.
Note: Spencer's brother Hugh (NDHS Class of 1958) lives in Los Angeles.

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