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David John Doherty
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Birth: Jan. 11, 1937
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 2011
Genesee County
Michigan, USA


Dr. Doherty passed away peacefully on September 23, 2011 with his family by his side. Dave was born in Detroit, Michigan on January 11, 1937 the only child of Wilfred and Norah Doherty.

Dave married Mary Catherine Quigley on October 19, 1963. Residing in Detroit until 1973, Dave and Mary then moved to the Flint Community to work and raise their five children. Dave Doherty was a family man and a community activist, an educator and an administrator. He knew a vast array of songs by memory and could sing with the best, particularly his Irish favorites that were accompanied frequently by the sounds of his accordion. Dave was always active and played organized hockey for over 50 years and never turned down a round of golf, in which he was always a competitive partner.

A proud alumnus of U of D Jesuit High School, University of Detroit and the University of Michigan, Dave retired as a Vice President of Kettering University in 2007, where he had worked since 1983. Prior to that time he was employed over ten years as an administrator for the Flint Public Schools. His sense of civic responsibility, naturally instilled in his character, was nurtured through his early involvement in the Mott intern program, employment as Director of the Mott Center for Community Affairs at Oakland University and as Executive Director of the Pontiac Urban Coalition and the Pontiac Economic Development Corp.

Dave's list of community involvement in the Flint, Detroit and Pontiac areas is broad and extensive. A few of his many civic and professional affiliations over the years include McLaren Regional Medical Center, Chairperson; Flint Board of Education, Board Member, Marygrove College, Board Chairperson; University of Detroit National Alumni Board, Board of Directors and Chairperson; United States Catholic Bishops Advisory Council, Member and Chairperson, Boy Scouts of America, Tall Pine Council, Vice President; and National Community Education Association, Charter Vice-President.

Dave had a broad network of friends and business associates from all walks of life, yet one of his proudest accomplishments was the improvement in the lives of many people whom he never directly knew or they never knew who he was. Through his tireless efforts in community involvement they had an enhanced life, either through education or a better community to live in.

Between all the meetings, dinners and events Dave always had time to be a loving husband and provider to Mary, who proceeded him in death on April 3, 2011, and a loving and guiding father to his children Mike (Cyndi), Kathleen, Jim (Julie), John, and Joe (Kelli).
He also leaves 8 Grandchildren whom he loved and enjoyed spending time with, Sean, David, Kristi, Aiden, Niall, Faye, Elle and Fianna.
Dave is also survived by brother-in-Law Ray Quigley and Sisters-in-law, Sr. Carol Quigley, IHM, and Rosemary Quigley,
and close family friend Barbara (Abe) Brooks (also known as Dave and Mary's "Angel").
Dave also enjoyed his time spent the last couple years with his lifelong "best buddies" Paul Brimo and Bill Wildern.

Family will receive friends Monday, September 26th from 1PM 8PM at A.J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home 2600 Crooks Road (between Maple and Big Beaver Roads), with a prayer service at 6:00PM.

Funeral Mass Tuesday, September 27th 10:30 AM at the Marygrove College Chapel, 8425 West McNichols Road, Detroit, MI 48221. Visitation at the Chapel begins at 10:00 AM.

Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Detroit.

Memorials for Dave may be made to:
the Flint Cultural Center Corporation at 601 E. Second Street, Flint, MI 48503.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand. 
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  Mary C. Quigley Doherty (1937 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Section 32, Lot 832, Space 10
Created by: Daniel Pletcher
Record added: Sep 26, 2011
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David John Doherty
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