F. Douglas Johnson, 69, health consulting manager

July 12, 2002

F. Douglas Johnson, a Marine Corps veteran who was active in veterans affairs, died of a heart attack Saturday at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. He was 69.

Mr. Johnson, a 50-year member of the American Legion and a Parkville resident, was stricken while attending the organization's annual convention in Ocean City.

At his death, Mr. Johnson was a member of the Baltimore County Tax Assessment Board and was a consulting manager to Key Point Health Center in Bel Air.

Born in Fairfield, Pa., and raised in Waynesboro, Mr. Johnson graduated from the Milton Hershey High School in Hershey, Pa.

He served in the Marine Corps from 1952 until 1958 when he was discharged with the rank of corporal.

He served as post commander of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville from 1971 to 1973. He was state commander from 1980 to 1982, and also was a district commander and national committeeman.

Mr. Johnson was a founding member of McVets, an organization that assists homeless Maryland veterans. He also was an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, AmVets and the Marine Corps League.

In recognition of his work with various veterans organizations, Mr. Johnson was named Veteran of the Year in 1986 by the Joint Veterans Commission of Maryland.

"He was the kind of person who always wanted to help people," said his wife of 10 years, the former Nancy A. Wilson.

Mr. Johnson was an avid golfer and enjoyed listening to music. He also liked walking his golden retriever, Sampson.

He was married for many years to Dorothy L. Johnson, who died in 1989.

Mr. Johnson was a communicant of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church, 9400 Old Harford Road, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Johnson is survived by three daughters, Jean Vencil of Strasburg, Va., and Jo Ann Foxwell and Susan Hoffman, both of Baltimore; a sister, Peggy Kauffman of Gettysburg, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.

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