|Death: ||Aug. 9, 2007|
of Mesa, AZ, formerly of Syracuse, passed away August 9, with his family at his side. Born in Watertown in 1919, he was the son of H. Douglas and Clara Lane Johnson. The family lived in Watertown, Albany and Gouverneur before settling in Syracuse in 1929, where his father became a longtime editor of the Syracuse Herald Journal-Herald American. Doug served in the U.S. Army during WW II in both the Pacific and European Theaters. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge with Silver Star, the Bronze Star and Purple Heart with three clusters. He separated from the service as captain, combat company commander, 45th Infantry Division, in December 1945. Doug was well known in the communications field in Syracuse. His early career put him behind the microphone at radio stations WAGE, later WHEN. In 1949, he established Doug Johnson Associates, later Barlow and Johnson, later Nowak-Barlow-Johnson advertising and public relations agency, with offices in Syracuse and Albany. He retired to Mesa, AZ, in 1990. His positive influence on the Central New York community is felt still today. Communications affiliations ranged from being a founding member of the CNY Chapter of Public Relations Society of America to national representation of the American Association Advertising Agencies. In the political-governmental arena, Doug's service ranged from executive secretary to Congressman R. Walter Riehlman, to chair of Syracuse's first major urban renewal initiative under Mayor Donald Mead in the 1950s. In later years, he was named president of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce and sat on boards of directors ranging from Community General Hospital, SUNY ESF and the Everson Museum, to the Syracuse Boys Club, the Automobile Club, the Urban League, Key Bank and the Syracuse Baseball Chiefs. Additionally he was president and director of the USO of CNY and a member of the USO national board. Career honors included Syracuse Young Man of the Year, Marketing Man of the Year and US Public Relations Practitioner of the Year. He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America. Doug was also an award winning, amateur photographer. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Geraldine "Gerry"; two daughters, Molly J. Wilson (William) of Framingham, MA, and Faith D. Benson of Kansas City, MO; two granddaughters, Lisa Delano and Laura Dubis; a great-grandson, Alexander Borges; two nieces; and a nephew. He was predeceased by his son, Andrew, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, and by his brother, Peter, a veteran of the Korean War
Arlington National Cemetery
Maintained by: Frank K.
Originally Created by: NewYork Lady (inactive)
Record added: Aug 20, 2007
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