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Douglas Johnson
Mar. 11, 1915 - Nov. 5, 2012
Douglas Johnson, a longtime resident of the Bay Area, and a well-known yachtsman and photographer, died of a stroke on November 5, 2012 at his home in Belvedere. He was 97.
Born in Boston, the son of Granville Johnson and Jeannette Fallon Johnson, he moved as a child with his family to Santa Barbara. After graduation from the Hill School in Pottstown, PA, he worked as a reporter for Santa Barbara and San Francisco newspapers. In the 1950's he moved to Sacramento and became a public relations executive with the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District, retiring in 1974. He then moved back to San Francisco.
During World War II, Doug served with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the weather service, endeavoring to predict the most favorable areas for plane flights. He was stationed in Africa for several years, serving in Ghana, Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, and Darfur, Sudan. His years in Africa gave him a lifelong interest in meteorology and climate.
In 1981, at the age of 66, Doug married for the first time. He and the former Katharine Hotchkis Allende had 30 happy years together. He loved his home and had a special talent for being able to fix anything that was broken or difficult to use, much to the joy of his wife. He also had a great interest in computers and other electronic devices and took up the challenge of mastering them at an advanced age. His sense of humor, kindness, and awareness of others made him a loving husband and a loyal friend.
Doug loved the outdoors, especially sailing on the Bay in his Cal 34 sloop until the age of 92. All through his life he retained his interest in and knowledge of the Bay and the Delta. In the 1960's he was an active racer in his Junior Clipper and earned a number of silver trophies during those years. During that time he also enjoyed skiing at Lake Tahoe where he had a mountain cabin for many years.
He was a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club and the Bohemian Club where he chaired the Photography Committee for many years and was a member of the Sages and the List of Fifty.
He was predeceased by his two brothers, Robert and Alan, and leaves his wife; a stepdaughter, Katie Finlay of Emerald Hills, CA; a stepson, Jeffrey Francisco Allende of Ladysmith, Wisconsin; five step-grandchildren; as well as a niece, Jeannette Townsend of Salt Lake City; and a nephew, Marshall Johnson of Piedmont.
At his request no services will be held. It was his wish that his ashes be scattered at sea.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, 2012
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