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Her family and friends mourn the death of Janet, who left us one week before her 86th birthday. Her survivors include many friends in four states, a brother, Clark Johnson, and two sisters-in-law, Carol Johnson and Alta Johnson. She is also survived by eight nieces and nephews, Mitchell Johnson, Jay Johnson, Faith Basten, Lora Dalton, Chere Johnson, Robert Johnson, Julie Kurose, and Lisa Waugh. Janet was born in Willmar, Minnesota. She attended public schools in Minneapolis, then Grinnell College in Iowa and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Her interests were in government, politics, the opera, and the civil liberties and civil rights movements. These interests led her to law school and New York City, where she graduated from New York University's law school in 1957. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1958. Janet worked for the American Civil Liberties Union for many years, as well as the Legal Aid Society and the Johnson Administration's War on Poverty. She was active in the 1960's reform movement of the Democratic Party in New York City. Janet was a seasoned and adventurous world traveler. She visited most of the European countries, Mexico, India, China, Japan, Afghanistan, Israel and Zimbabwe. Some of her most memorable trips included crossing the Sahara on camel-back, boating down the Omo River in Ethiopia, and visiting the Seychelles islands. Janet was also a seasoned debater and defender of her many well-grounded positions on social, political and artistic issues. She was a joy to be with on all such argumentative occasions. She took care of her three brothers during their school years and was an exemplary caregiver to her mother, Wilma, until the latter's death in 1998. She was kind and generous to her nieces and nephews. She will be missed. She was a generous, intelligent, caring person. - Her loving family

Published in The Daily Camera on Feb. 10, 2014
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