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James Gregg Dougherty Jr. ’47 *49

Published in Nov. 8, 2006, issue

After two years in the Navy as an electrician's mate, Jim returned to Princeton and graduated in 1948. In 1949 he earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Princeton and married his beloved spouse, Jeanne.

They stayed on in Princeton when Jim joined the Kelly Co. in New York. (During these long trips he "learned the art of folding The New York Times lengthwise.") Fortunately, Jim was promoted and posted to Maryland, happily relieving him of the grinding daily commute to New York. Kelly became Vitro Laboratories, and Jim worked on managing and designing military and other electronics projects.

After retirement in 1991, Jim's life centered on tennis (in which he had long excelled), golf, cruising the Chesapeake, wintering in a family home in Florida, and, above all, life with Jeanne and the family.

Jim died Jan. 30, 2006. His brother, Bob '50, delivered a loving tribute at his memorial service that recounted many happy childhood experiences that portrayed Jim's loving guidance as a mentor. After the war they enjoyed two wonderful years (1946 to 1948) together as Princeton students. Bob concluded: "Jim was a gentleman in every sense . . . courteous and kind, gentle but not weak . . . honest to the core."

We, too, celebrate these enviable qualities and send our affection to the family.

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