JANULIS, Jack, bravely defying odds for years, Jack Janulis finally left the envelope of his soul on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
An expert chiropractor and a devoted and talented professor, Jack understood what he was up against: advanced heart failure with one side of Parkinson’s and was determined to live as long as he could to enjoy life and those he loved. The irony is not lost on his family and friends that a man with such a hugging and forgiving heart succumbed to heart failure.
As he often said, “I was born and raised in Brooklyn,” the son of John Johnson and Anna Rulis Johnson. Attending Manhattan Rice High School, he was the first member of his extended family to attend and graduate from St. John’s University. He began a life questioning established norms, becoming an anti-war activist in the 1960s and a former member of the Park Slope Food Co-op in Brooklyn. Proud of his Lithuanian heritage, Jack legally adopted the family surname, Janulis, Americanized at Johnson on Ellis Island many years earlier. Jack also returned by decision to his maternal grandmother’s Jewish faith.
With a true servant heart, Jack inspired and challenged downtown youth for many years teaching science and math. A source of pride throughout Jack’s life, Prospect Heights High School students awarded him the “Teacher of the Year” in the 1980s. He taught Karen Johnson, also known as Whoopi Goldberg, in New York City, and she remembered him years later, inviting him behind the scenes after a performance in Atlanta.
Freed from debilitating migraines as a result of chiropractic care, Jack changed careers and entered Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia, at the age of 40. Jack opened Janulis Chiropractic in Richmond in the mid-1980s. He used his teaching skills to motivate and inform his patients. His great sense of humor pleased others. He had a passion for politics, social justice and a deep love for music.
Always young at heart, with no gray hair at 80, Jack is survived by his beloved wife and 35-year-old partner, Myra H. Isaacs; son, Jara (Chicago, Ill.); and the daughter, Sage (Israel), the three prides of her life. He is also survived by his sister, Diane Johnson (Raleigh, NC); in-laws, Audrey Isaacs and Hanan and Helaine Isaacs; nephews, Stuart and Josh Isaacs; special cousins, Jim Kelly, John Kelly and Ralph Johnson; special friend, Barry Lazarus (“brother”); and friends of Henrico Pops Chorus.
You can make contributions to the memory of Jack at Heartland Hospice by contacting us [email protected], Tutoring of high expectations at John Tyler Community College contacting [email protected] o Henrico Pops Chorus c / o Henrico Recreation and Parks, 6800 Staples Mill Rd., Henrico, Virginia, 23228.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 23, 2021.