JOHNSON--Madeleine C. Fire Island Historian, Librarian, Tennis Player. Madeleine C. Johnson passed away on March 15, 2013 at the Shell Point Pavilion in Fort Myers, FL. She was 88 years old. Madeleine is best known for her book, "Fire Island: 1650's to 1980's", published in 1983, which has proven to be the definitive history of the popular Long Island summer retreat close to New York City. Madeleine was born in 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, the daughter of prominent NY patent attorney Merrell E. Clark. She attended Smith College, and later earned an MLS from Rutgers (NJ) State College. She made a career as a librarian in a number of schools and colleges in New Jersey. Madeleine was active her entire life, playing tennis until a few years before her death, leading a girl scout troop in horseback riding, and playing bridge even a few days before her passing. She enjoyed sailing and cruising with her husband William. She was the first president of the Point O' Woods (NY) Historical Society and also volunteered as librarian in her local communities. In retirement, she remained active in social causes with Habitat for Humanity and the Shell Point Democratic Club. Madeleine is survived by William, her husband of 64 years, sons Clark and Robert, and five grandchildren.
Published in New York Times on Mar. 18, 2013.