Dr. Dale D. Johnson was President of the International Reading Association (IRA) Board of Directors in the 1989-90 year as part of a lifelong career in literacy education. His research can be found in university libraries and classrooms around the world. He authored and coauthored 18 books; 60 instructional texts for elementary, middle school, high school, and adult learners; an instructional game; and instructional software.
Dr. Johnson was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to Elizabeth and Arthur Johnson. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as a professor for 20 years. He also taught in Nigeria, Canada, and various states in the United States. Prior to his university work, he was a middle school teacher and paratrooper in the U.S. Army.
On June 19, at the age of 76, he made his transition at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after a brief illness. He was a professor at Dowling College on Long Island, New York. Dale resided on New York City's Upper West Side during the academic year and spent his summers at his summer home in De Pere, Wisconsin.
Dale is survived by his wife, Dr. Bonnie Johnson, as well as his children (Lisa, Julie Howard, and Kirk), his brother Raymond (Jean) Johnson, his mother- and father-in-law Mary Anna and Stanley Von Hoff, five grandchildren (Alexa, Chase, Dylan, Astrid, and Seth) as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends were invited to call at the Ryan Funeral Home in De Pere, Wisconsin, on Sunday, June 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family requests, if you wish, to honor Dale by donating a children's book to your local school or library.