Richard Johnson Obituary
 
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Richard Edward Johnson

July 21, 1934 - February 28, 2013
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Richard Edward Johnson, Professor Emeritus of English at Loyola University, died at home February 28 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 78. A lover of all things New Orleans, Johnson was born in Flushing, New York and grew up on the south shore of Long Island. After serving in the Air Force and receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, he moved to New Orleans to attend graduate school at Tulane University. He completed his Ph.D. and taught for three years at Miami University, Oxford Ohio before returning to New Orleans, where he devoted the majority of his career (1970 – 1998) to teaching at Loyola. At Loyola...
Richard Edward Johnson, Professor Emeritus of English at Loyola University, died at home February 28 of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 78. A lover of all things New Orleans, Johnson was born in Flushing, New York and grew up on the south shore of Long Island. After serving in the Air Force and receiving his undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, he moved to New Orleans to attend graduate school at Tulane University. He completed his Ph.D. and taught for three years at Miami University, Oxford Ohio before returning to New Orleans, where he devoted the majority of his career (1970 – 1998) to teaching at Loyola. At Loyola he also served as an assistant dean College of Arts of Sciences, Director of the Common Curriculum (Loyola's general education courses), Chair of the English Department, and Director of Freshman Composition. His academic specialty was the English Romantic poets and, in particular, the poetry and graphic works of William Blake, whom he greatly admired.
After retirement from Loyola, Johnson developed a second career as a photo-real painter under the signature "Dick Johnson." His large oil paintings recorded the homelier side of Uptown life in ash cans, snowball stands, discarded Barqs and Abita bottles, and pickup trucks. Later he turned to smaller canvases, painting still lifes of over-sized fruit and vegetables. He also painted portraits, and his portraits of people and pets are treasured in New Orleans homes. Individual pieces of his five-part series on the de Bore Oak in Audubon Park hang in corporate offices and Loyola meeting rooms and other of his paintings are part of the City Percent for Art program. One of his oak tree studies was featured in the Nola Now show at the Contemporary Art Center. He also showed at LeMieux Gallery on Julia Street.
He was a long-time member of the Audubon Tennis Club.
Johnson is survived by his wife of 50 years Patrice Mary McCarthy Johnson, two sons Dr. Michael Weldon Johnson of New Orleans and Daniel Coyle Johnson of Berryville VA; a grandson, Lucas Gregory Johnson of Berryville; a brother, Olef Martin Johnson of Vancouver, WA; and a sister, Maureen Ann Johnson of Brick, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews. A private funeral service was held Saturday. Arrangements are being completed for a memorial party for all family and friends. Condolences may be expressed online at www.schoencanalstreet.com Arrangements under the direction of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, New Orleans, LA.

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