Mary Baldwin Dougherty, of Camden, Tennessee, died December 21, 2021, at the age of 90. She was born on December 28, 1930 in Sevierville, Tennessee to Dan and Grace Baldwin. Mary Jo graduated from the High School Department of Virginia Intermont College, Bristol, Virginia and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1952. She was a member of the Mortar Board Honor Society; Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society; Omicron Nu, Home Economics Honor Society; and Kappa Delta Sorority, where she served as President.
At UT, Mrs. Dougherty met her husband, Lew Wallace Dougherty, Jr. and they married on March 27, 1954. He preceded her in death on November 4, 2016.
Dr. and Mrs. Dougherty were lifelong supporters and benefactors of the University of Tennessee. Mrs. Dougherty served as Chairman of the UT Alumni Association (UTAA) Women’s Council and member of the UTAA Board of Governors and its Executive Committee as well as many other University Boards. They were awarded the Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Service to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1987 and the Chancellor’s Award for University Service from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2004.
Mrs. Dougherty was a member of the Camden Garden Club and the Tennessee Federation of Garden Clubs and served as an officer in both. She was an accredited flower show judge and judged shows throughout the southeast for many years.
Mrs. Dougherty was interested in the arts and was a founding member of the Benton County Arts Council, a Board member of the UT Martin Arts Council, the Northwest Tennessee Humanities Council, and a supporter of Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art. She served as a docent for the Tennessee Governor’s Executive Residence for sixteen years and was a member of the Camden First United Methodist Church. Dr. and Mrs. Dougherty traveled the world and enjoyed ancient history and collecting art.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2 pm at Camden City Cemetery.
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