JOBIT: Dougherty, Joseph C. [MC1956 RIP] on 2017-Jan-01


Dr. Joseph C. Dougherty
1934 – 2017

Harlingen – Dr. Joseph C. Dougherty, 82, passed away Sunday January 1, 2017 at his home in Harlingen.
Joseph was born February 13, 1934 in Troy, New York. After graduating from Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology-Chemistry in 1956, Joseph achieved his Medical Doctorate at Cornell University Medical College in 1960. After graduation, Dr. Dougherty completed his internship at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Albany, N.Y. and his residency at Bellevue Hospital and Memorial Hospital Center N.Y.

“Dr. D” as he was known, had a passion for patient care and education. His career took him from Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York to Bexar County Teaching Hospital and Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas, and from there to Scranton State Hospital and Mercy Hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania before settling down in Harlingen, Texas as the Medical Director of the Watson W. Wise Memorial Hemodialysis Center, later becoming the Medical Director for the Valley Diagnostic Medical and Surgical Clinic, and completed his medical career in private practice prior to retiring.

While serving members of the community, Dr. Dougherty also served in the United States Army Reserve from 1961-1972 and the United States Air Force Reserve from 1973-1985 before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel and Flight Surgeon.

He is preceded in death by his son William R. Dougherty, daughter Laura E. Dougherty, and daughter Suzanne V. Dougherty. He survived by his wife, Dr. Katherine Barron Dougherty, son Timothy Dougherty, and grandson Brian Arriola, all of Harlingen, TX.

Visitation hours will be held on Thursday January 5, 2017 from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, with the family available from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. A Holy Rosary will follow visitation at 6:00pm at Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday January 6, 2017 at 10:00am at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church with Father Larry Klein as the Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mont Meta Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank the Gentiva Hospice staff, especially James W. Castillo II M.D. Louise Reyes R.N. and Maria Almendarez C.N.A for their commendable care.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations may be made to Loaves and Fishes of Harlingen or the charity of your choice .

You are invited to sign the guestbook or share a memory at

Arrangements are with Buck Ashcraft Funeral Home, 710 Ed Carey Dr., Harlingen, Texas 78550, (956) 423-3636.

Published in Valley Morning Star on Jan. 5, 2017


Dougherty, Joseph C. [MC1956 RIP]

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2017-Jan-04 Dr. Joseph C. …


This one so sad. He had two daughters and a son die with in the last couple years.

All buried from the same church and priest. May he Rest In Peace


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Colon, Philip J. (MC1962) added this request to his prayer circle.

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One response to “JOBIT: Dougherty, Joseph C. [MC1956 RIP] on 2017-Jan-01

  1. Joseph Myers


    This one so sad. He had two daughters and a son die with in the last couple years.

    All buried from the same church and priest. May he Rest In Peace


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