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Dr. Lew W. Dougherty, Jr.

May 10, 1930 — November 4, 2016

Dr. Lew W. Dougherty, Jr. May 10, 1930 ~ November 4, 2016 Dr. Lew W. Dougherty, Jr., age 86, passed away at home on November 4, 2016.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Lew W. Dougherty, Sr. and Maude Weatherly Dougherty.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Mary Jo Baldwin Dougherty. He was a graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy where he was a company commander his senior year.  He was the recipient of the Edwin Sayles Petway Memorial Cup, the highest honor awarded by the academy on his graduation. Dr. Dougherty received his pre-dental education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and received his DDS degree from UT Health Science Center in Memphis, and practiced his profession for thirty-eight years in Camden where he shared the practice with his father until his father retired.  He was the long time dental representative on the Benton County Board of Health and a member of the Benton County Library board of directors. Dr. Dougherty was a retired Commander (05) in the United States Navy (DC).  While on active duty, he served as the dental officer for The Armed Forces Staff College.  He received training at the United States Naval Academy and was the Academy Information Officer for West Tennessee for many years.  Commander Dougherty was a life member of the Military Officers Association. A past national president of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, Dr. Dougherty was also a long time member of the University Development Council, the UT Legislative Council, the UT Knoxville Athletics Board and a past chairman of the UT Martin Development Committee.  He was co-chairman of the Campaign for Tennessee for the Martin campus.  He shared with his wife, The Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University given by the Chancellor of UT Knoxville in 1987 and, also shared with his wife, the Chancellor’s Award for University Service from UT Martin in 2004. He was a founding director of WLJT, public television for West Tennessee, a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity, Delta Sigma Delta professional fraternity, and the Pierre Fauchard honorary dental academy.  Dr.  Dougherty was also the first Eagle Scout in the West Tennessee Area Council and was a 32 degree Mason. Dr. Dougherty was an avid tennis player, had great interest in ancient history, and a love for art of all periods. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Oakdale Funeral Home. Visitation with the Dougherty family will be from 1:00-2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Dr. Dougherty has expressed the wish that those desiring to do so make contributions to the Lew and Mary Jo Dougherty University Scholars Endowment program at The University of Tennessee at Martin, 554 University Street, Martin, TN 38238.
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