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December 15, 1922 - October 12, 2013 HINTON Dr. Raymond Joseph Dougherty, of Chapel Hill, NC, died suddenly after a short illness October 12, 2013, at the age of 90. Ray was born in Hinton, OK on December 15, 1922, 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 of 1944, and he began working his way through medical school, graduating with honors. He began practicing medicine, first in Perry, OK, then as a military physician in both World War II and the Korean War. Following his stint, he moved to Southern Pines, NC, where he practiced medicine in both Southern Pines and Vass. His marriage to Eileen produced five children, and after 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, bringing to Oklahoma the first use of penicillin for lung conditions. 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 to his credit. At the age of 80, he was invited to participate in a 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 at the age of 83 following the death of his beloved wife, Eileen, after 62 years of marriage. 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. He was a member of the Oklahoma Cattleman's Association and the Petroleum Club. He was past President of the Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club and a member of the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, he moved from Oklahoma City to Chapel Hill, NC. 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, NC; Kate Farrell and husband Robert, Brooklyn, NY; Dennis Dougherty and wife Nancy Roach, Durham, NC; Margaret Ann Springer and husband Richard, Naples, FL; and Michael Dougherty and wife Catherine, Hinton, OK. Seventeen grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren survive; as do his brothers: Kelly Dougherty, of Oklahoma City; and Patrick Dougherty, of Columbia, MO; and his sisters: Ruth Heatley, of Mulvane, KS; and Helen York, of Robertsdale, AL. Services: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 10 a.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, Hinton, OK.Officiating: The Rev. Christopher Tran. Burial: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Hinton, OK. Services entrusted to Turner Funeral Home, Hinton, OK. Condolences may be sent to the family at: turnerfuneralhomes@gmail.com

Published in The Oklahoman on Oct. 16, 2013
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