James “Barry” Johnson of Montclair, a longtime research scientist for Hoffmann-La Roche, died on Nov. 24, 2022, in the company of loved ones at his home. He was 91. 

As a research scientist for Roche Pharmaceuticals Mr. Johnson was instrumental in developing numerous life-saving drugs and worked closely with the FDA. 

The oldest of three sons, he was born in 1931 to James Meehan Johnson and Alice Marie Johnson of Bloomfield. 

He was a graduate of Seton Hall Preparatory School. He earned a B.S. from Seton Hall University and received both his master’s degree and doctorate from Rutgers University.

“Jim,” as he was called only at work, began his career with Hoffmann La Roche after graduating from Seton Hall University. 

His work spanned both pharmaceutical research and product development, and his name appears on numerous patents. The products he worked on have sat in most people’s’ medicine cabinets from time to time.

Mr. Johnson retired from Roche after a 50-year career. 

He served in the Army during the Korean conflict as an MP at Fort Dix. 

He and his wife, Barbara E. (Spiess) Johnson, shared a long life together. They traveled the world, but were happiest at home with their friends and family. 

Besides his wife, Mr. Johnson is survived by his daughter, Janet Johnson Smith; his four sons, James, Peter, Andrew and Edward, and his grandchildren, Hunter, Zach, Jake, Danny, Victoria, Vanessa, Abigail, Conner, Bridget, Sarah, Christopher, Nicholas, Tim and Emma. 

He was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers, Raymond Douglas and Patrick Daniel. 

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Cassian Roman Catholic Church, 187 Bellevue Ave, on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Greater New Jersey Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 800-272-3900. 

Arrangements were by Hugh M. Moriarty Funeral Home, 76 Park St.