Raymond Daugherty, 77, engineer for Westinghouse Electric Corp.

February 14, 2000|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Raymond Daugherty, a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. electrical engineer and generous toy maker, died Thursday of lung cancer at his Arbutus home. He was 77.

Mr. Daugherty retired in 1985 from Westinghouse Electric Corp.'s Sykesville facility, where he was a senior manufacturing engineer. He started his career building transformers in the company's old Wilkens Avenue plant in 1951.

After retiring, he turned from working with metal to wood. He began making furniture, toy trains, trucks, airplanes, dollhouses, autos, cradles and rocking horses from his garage-workshop.

"He built the garage himself, but the car never spent one night in it because he turned it into a shop," said his daughter, Marie Louise Daugherty of Eldersburg.

Mr. Daugherty gave his work to family members, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and children of friends. He also donated toys to area hospitals. One of his most popular pieces was a chair in the shape of a bear, Miss Daugherty said.

Mr. Daugherty was active in Scouting for many years and helped establish Broad Creek Memorial Scout Reservation in Harford County. He was later honored for his work when he was given the Order of the Arrow award and membership in Nentico Lodge 12 in the 1960s.

He enjoyed traveling by train and was especially fond of trains pulled by steam locomotives.

Born and raised in Baltimore, he attended Polytechnic Institute. During World War II, he earned his GED in the Army and was communications chief of a unit that landed at Normandy on June 7, 1944. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant in 1945 and remained active as a reservist. He was called up for active duty during the Korean conflict and was discharged a second time with the rank of master sergeant.

Mr. Daugherty earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering while working and attending night school.

He was a member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 901 Courtney Road, Arbutus, where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Helen V. Chaires; a son, John R. Daugherty of Lafayette, Colo.; a grandson; and two great-grandchildren.

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