DAUGHERTY, Ralph H.|
Ralph Howard Daugherty, Jr. passed away peacefully August 25, after a courageous battle to overcome complications suffered from an automobile accident in May. Ralph was born to Ralph Howard Daugherty Sr. and Nancy Karon Holland on Christmas Day 1929 in Ada, Oklahoma.
Shortly after his birth, he moved to Rankin, a small west Texas town. He graduated valedictorian from Rankin High School and served as captain of the 6-man football team. In 1944, Ralph received his Eagle Scout, only the second one awarded at that time.
After graduation, Ralph attended Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. Shortly thereafter, he entered the University of Texas at Austin where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He received his B.A. in Government, his B.B.A. in Accounting and his JD degree.
In 1953, he entered the U.S. Army rising to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant as a tank commander stationed at Fort Polk, Louisiana. While on assignment in Galveston, he looked up an old acquaintance from The University-Beverly Jean Graff. A romance blossomed and the couple married in 1956 and returned to Austin.
Ralph began his law career at the offices of William B. Hilgers. He quickly rose to partner and remained there until he started his own law firm with fellow colleagues to form the firm of Daugherty, Kuperman and Golden-the first all accountant/attorney firm in Austin in 1964. They remained together until 1987 when the firm merged with Johnson and Swanson. He created a niche in Austin that would carry them to success for many years. Ralph retired of counsel in 2010 from Clark, Thomas & Winters.
As a dedicated philanthropist, Ralph served on the Board of Directors of the Austin Symphony Orchestra for 32 years, chaired the first SAFARI in the late 60s which helped create the current Natural Science Center and was a founding member of Counseling and Pastoral Care Center of Austin. Ralph and his wife were instrumental in the capital campaign to build the Long Center as members of the Founders' Society. He was a member of the Knights of the Symphony and West Austin Rotary. Ralph led the life of a true Christian man. He was kind and compassionate to others, treated people fairly, was a great mentor, and a true friend to all. He always wanted to know what he could for you. He believed in a strong work ethic and that integrity was all you really had. Ralph believed that you should always leave this world better than you found it and he certainly did.
On any given weekend, Ralph could be found attending a Longhorn sporting event or travelling around the world but what he loved most was spending time with his family. He was a devoted and loyal husband, a wise and loving father and a doting grandfather.
Ralph is survived by his sweetheart of 58 years, Beverly Graff Daugherty; loving daughter, Kendyl Daugherty Richards and her husband, Edmund Burke "Sonny" Richards; two granddaughters Paige Daugherty and Courtney Lord Robb Richards, of whom he was most proud, all from Austin. Ralph is also survived by his sister, Jan Daugherty Kemp of Las Cruces, New Mexico and his three nephews: James, Dar, and Chase Kemp.
The family wishes to thank all of Ralph's attending staff at Texas NeuroRehab Center for their unyielding love and support to him as well as his home caregivers, Diana Valdez and Rose Ellis who provided countless hours of care and assistance.
A memorial service to celebrate Ralph's life will be held on Saturday, August 30at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Austin. A reception will follow immediately after the service in Fellowship Hall.
Those desiring to make a contribution to honor Ralph may donate to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, 1101 Red River Street, Austin, TX 78701 or to a
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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 28 to Aug. 30, 2014