The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

October 17, 2013

Dr. Raymond Joseph Dougherty

Published 10-17-13


Enid News and Eagle

CHAPEL HILL, NC — Dr. Raymond Joseph Dougherty of Chapel Hill, N.C., died suddenly after a short illness on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at the age of 90.

Ray was born Dec. 15, 1922, in Hinton, Okla., to Grace (Etier) and Raymond Dougherty, the fourth child and first son of 11 children.

He grew up on a farm east of Hinton and attended Southwestern State University in Weatherford, where he received a degree in pharmacy.

He met his future wife, Eileen Wilmeth, who was from Dill City, his sophomore year. They married in September 1944, and he began working his way through medical school, graduating with honors.

He began practicing medicine first in Perry, Okla., then as a military physician in both World War II and the Korean War. Following his stint, he moved to Southern Pines, N.C., where he practiced medicine in both Southern Pines and Vass. While living there, he was a member of the Elk’s Club, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Southern Pines Golf and Country Club, and was elected Southern Pines mayor pro tem.

His marriage to Eileen produced five children, and when they were grown, he returned to school to study advanced medicine and became one of the first pulmonary specialists in the nation.

He moved back to Oklahoma, where he was known as an innovator in his medical practice for the first use of penicillin to cure lung conditions. Throughout his practice, he tapped into his knowledge of pharmaceuticals and used body weight to gauge dosage of medications. 

He was the founder of the pulmonary departments in both Baptist and St. Anthony hospitals, where he was on the Board of Directors. He taught pulmonary science at the University of Oklahoma Medical School for many years and had numerous publications in the American Journal of Medicine. At the age of 80, he was invited to participate in a selective study that presented little-known medical conditions to physicians who were to diagnose them without research, and he passed with the highest honors. He retired from his medical practice in 2006, following the death of his beloved wife after 62 years of marriage. He was 83.

In 1975, he returned to his roots, bought a farm in Hinton near his father’s, and began ranching with his son, Michael. Dougherty Angus Ranch produced Black Angus, which were prized all over the state.

In Oklahoma, he was a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association, the Petroleum Club, Our Lady’s Cathedral, the Knights of Columbus, Twin Hills Golf and Country Club, and the Oklahoma City Arts Guild.

In 2009, after 44 years in Oklahoma City, he moved to Chapel Hill, N.C., for retirement.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife and seven siblings.

Surviving him are his children, Patrick Dougherty and wife Linda, Chapel Hill, N.C., Kate Farrell and husband Robert, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dennis Dougherty and wife Nancy Roach, Durham, N.C., Margaret Ann Springer and husband Richard, Naples, Fla., and Michael Dougherty and wife Catherine, Hinton, Okla.; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brothers, Kelly Dougherty of Oklahoma City and Patrick Dougherty of Columbia, Mo.; and sisters, Ruth Heatley of Mulvane, Kan., and Helen York of Robertsdale, Ala.

The family is deeply indebted to his caretaker, Teresa Scheider for her duty, devotion and love.

Funeral mass will be 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Hinton, with burial in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery.

(Submitted by family)