Douglas “Doug” William Johnson, was born in Edgerton, Wisconsin on April 18, 1951 to William and Marie (Carrier) Johnson. He was 1 of 5 siblings, Dennis, David, Dwayne, and Kathleen Janda.
In 1969 he graduated from Edgerton High School, attended UW-Milwaukee where he graduated in 1977 with a BS degree in Psychology, and in 1982 with a BS degree in Nursing.
During his professional Career, Doug was a Clinical Nurse for the Milwaukee County Mental Health Center, the Community CSP (Community Psychiatric Services), and the Holton Street Clinic, where he also served as the Clinic Director. Doug went on as a Clinical Nurse for the Milwaukee Aids Clinic, Aurora/Mt. Sinai Hospital, and concluded his career at ARCW (Aids Resource Clinic of Wisconsin).
Doug was generous with his time and served as a volunteer for many organizations, including the Brady Street East SDT Clinic from 1982-1987, Chairman of the steering committee for the Aids Project from 1985-1986, and then as President of the Board of Directors in1987. He also volunteered as a member of the Lake Park Lutheran Hospitality Committee and served as the liaison to the GLBT Coalition with the Milwaukee area ELCA Southeast Coalition of Synods. He served on the Board of Directors for GAMMA. Doug was also excited to be a volunteer docent for the Milwaukee Public Museum from 2016 till the present.
Doug had many interest and hobbies such as creative cooking; gardening; extensive reading on a daily basis; writing for social justice; theater and music venues: playing board games, and puzzles. He most enjoyed family events such as weekends up north, family camping, and other weekly family events. He loved traveling here in North America, as well as Europe. He also enjoyed exercise swimming; as well as biking, which he also did with family members in France.
Doug was the recipient of many awards, such as the UW-Milwaukee School of Nursing “Pioneer Award”, and was extremely proud of his recognition by the ARCW for his contributions and dedication. In 1990, Milwaukee Magazine named him as “One-of-Twenty-Five of the Decade”, who transformed Milwaukee.
He is survived by John Mooney, his life partner for 26 years and their beloved rescue dog, Sadie; his siblings Dennis, David(Patricia), Dwayne(Rebecca), Kathleen(Jeff) Janda;his nephews and nieces Kristen, Kara, Reid, Ross, Rikka, Greta, and Lindsay. Doug will be sorely missed by John’s 10 siblings and their spouses and children who Doug considered them to be part of his family.
An open house gathering will take place on Friday, November 12th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Northshore Funeral Services Chapel. The family requests that all visitors follow Covid-19 protocol and must wear masks.
There will be a Life Celebration held on Saturday, November 13 at 10:00 AM at Lake Park Lutheran Church 2647 N. Stowell Ave; Milwaukee 53211. The family requests that all visitors follow Covid-19 protocol and must wear masks. A live streaming of the 10 AM service at Lake Park Lutheran Church will be available. If you would like to view the service, the link to the streaming is: bit.ly/DougJohnsonLPLC
In lieu of flowers,a memorial contribution to any of the following organizations would be appreciated.
• School of Nursing, c/o UWM Office for Development and Alumni Relations, 3271 North Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53211
• Lake Park Lutheran Church, 2647 North Stowell Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211
• Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, 315 Court Street Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
• National Geographic Society, P.O. Box 98197, Washington, DC 20077