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Katharine W. Dougherty, office worker

Katharine W. Dougherty, a retired University of Maryland, Baltimore County office worker, died Aug. 28 at her Millersville home of chronic myeloid leukemia. She was 77.

The daughter of G. Theodore Weis, a Baltimore City psychiatric court clerk, and Gladys D. Weis, who took over her husband's job after his death, the former Katharine Amelia Weis was born in Baltimore and raised in Waverly.

She left Eastern High School in the 11th grade and took a job in the admissions office at the Johns Hopkins University. While working at Hopkins, she earned her General Education Development degree and studied at McCoy College.

She was married in 1966 to Edward C. Dougherty, who was a member of Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 100, and stopped working to raise their son. Her husband died in 1988.

Mrs. Dougherty returned to work in the early 1980s when she took a position in the accounting office at UMBC. She retired in the mid-1990s.

"She loved going to the ocean and staring out at the sea," said her son, Michael P. Dougherty of South Baltimore. "Her favorite beaches were Asbury Park, N.J., Ocean Grove, N.J., Cape May and Ocean City."

Mrs. Dougherty was also a competitive board game player and one of her favorites was Scrabble, said her son. She was an Orioles and Ravens fan.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Barranco & Sons Funeral Home, 495 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Dougherty is survived by a niece and a nephew.

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