DORIS M. DOUGHERTY

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DOUGHERTY DORIS M. DOUGHERTY Doris Maynard Dougherty, a native of Washington, DC, who graduated in the first class of Roosevelt High School in 1935, passed away on December 18, 2012 at the age of 95. For 25 years the executive secretary to the legal department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission until her retirement in 1979, Doris lived for 71 years in suburban Maryland, most recently at the Asbury Village in Gaithersburg, until moving in August, 2012 to Wilmington, NC. She was preceded in death on August 21, 2010 by her husband of sixty-nine years, Frank, and on November 22, 2011 by a son, Winston, and is survived by a younger son, David, of Wilmington, NC and by five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Frank Dougherty, who moved to Washington in 1933 from Bordentown, New Jersey, was a sales executive with printing firms in D.C., including Haynes Lithograph, Saul's Litho- graph, and Port City Press; in 1975 he was elected Grand Master of Bethesda lodge No. 204, A.F. & A.M., and continued to serve that lodge in various roles until his death. Winston Dougherty, a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School, was a waiter at Duke Zeibert's and The Golden Ox restaurants in Washington and at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach. David Dougherty, who graduated from the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, taught English there for 21 years before serving as headmaster of North Cross School in Roanoke, Virginia and The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. With his retirement in June, 2012, he and his wife Kay moved to Wilmington, where they were joined by Doris, who for the last four months of her life lived for the first time outside the D.C. area. From her earliest days, when she reveled in the jazz music played at the 14th Street clubs and speakeasies owned by her father, Harry Maynard, until just days before her death, when she lip-synched every word sung by a jazz pianist at the Kempton at Brightmore in Wilmington, Doris loved music, often contending that if academic texts had been set to music, she could have easily earned a doctorate. As it was, her learning was limited to her reading, which was expansive; to travel, which was adventurous (even in her final trip, to North Carolina); and to conversation, in which as confidante and mentor she developed extraordinary listening skills and insights into human nature. And, in all ways she was both fun and funny, attributing her long and happy life to humor: an unwavering appreciation of life's ironies, of which she observed many over 95 years. After a private interment service at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, Doris's family and friends will celebrate her life in a memorial service at the Guild Memorial Chapel in Asbury Methodist Village on Saturday, February 23 at 3 p.m..


Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 17, 2013
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