Earl M. Dougherty, 72, federal employeeEarl M. Dougherty...

March 06, 1998

Earl M. Dougherty, 72, federal employee

Earl M. Dougherty, a retired federal employee and longtime member of Sharp Street United Methodist Church, died of complications from a stroke Monday at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 72 and lived in Ashburton.

Mr. Dougherty was a Veterans Administration counselor in Baltimore from 1945 to 1972, advising veterans of their benefits and helping them adjust to civilian life. He was director of veterans affairs at Coppin State College from 1976 to 1979.

The Baltimore native was a third-generation member of Sharp Street church and was active in many of its organizations. He served on the board of trustees, taught children in the Saturday church school and was a member of the historical preservation committee.

He was known by church members and family members as "Mr. Sharp Street."

Mr. Dougherty graduated from Douglass High School in 1942 and served in the Army from 1942 to 1945. He later attended Morgan State College.

In 1945, he married Dorothy Johnson, who survives.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Sharp Street United Methodist Church, Dolphin and Etting streets.

He also is survived by a daughter, Jean Hitchcock of Baltimore; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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