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Nancy Johnson

1949 - 2014
Nancy Johnson Obituary
JOHNSON, Nancy Nancy Patricia Johnson, age 65, passed away on December 13, 2014, after a 7 year battle with ovarian cancer. Nancy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, as well as a highly respected and devoted librarian, professor, mentor, and legal scholar. She was born in Chicago to Jim and Marie Reilly in 1949. She graduated with a B.A. from Marycrest College in Davenport Iowa 1971, with a Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1974, and with a Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law in 1985. Nancy worked in a variety of libraries, for nearly 50 years, ranging from Chicago inner-city bookmobiles in the in the 60s, to Law Schools at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois in the 70's, and to Georgia State University, from 1980 to 2012 where she served as Head Law Librarian, Professor, and Associate Dean. Her work in legal research and education led to nearly every professional accolade in her field. Her many books and publications ensure her long legacy as a legal scholar. She mentored many Law Librarians that serve as Directors at universities around the US. Nancy's legacy extends far beyond research and academics. With a constant smile and ever-positive disposition, her office door and heart were always open to everyone. Nancy was extremely active in ovarian cancer education and advocacy for women, families, and medical students. She continued to be an avid gardener and loved to stay busy with friends and family. Nancy Johnson was happily married to William Johnson for nearly 45 years. Their son Patrick is married to Andrea Glickman and they have Nancy's treasured only grandchild, Zia Johnson. Her sisters are Maureen Baude of Watersmeet, Michigan, and Kathy Reilly of Chicago. In the coming week, there will be a private family mass. On Sunday December 21st at 1:30 p.m., there will be a public celebration of Nancy's life at the Atlanta Botanical Garden (1345 Piedmont Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309). In lieu of flowers, Nancy asked that donations be made to the Nancy Johnson Fund for Law Library Excellence at Georgia State College of Law ( ) or to the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance ( in memory of Nancy Johnson.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Dec. 17, 2014
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