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When Gregory Johnson, M.D., joined the Good Samaritan Society two years ago, the chief medical officer admits he didn’t know a lot about the Society’s humble beginnings.
“I did not know who (August) ‘Dad’ Hoeger was when I started or why his first name was ‘Dad.’ I didn’t know why at National Campus we have a desk and a chair out in the hallway. Those are Dad Hoeger’s,” Dr. Johnson says.
The Rev. August “Dad” Hoeger founded the Society in 1922 in Arthur, North Dakota.
Dr. Johnson walks by that desk, full of the nonprofit’s history, daily. It’s right outside his office, next to the chapel, at the National Campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.