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Catherine B. Doehler
Catherine B. Doehler

Catherine Byrne Doehler, who went from a mortgage firm's switchboard operator to become the first woman director and chair of the Baltimore branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, died of heart failure Jan. 12 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former Cross Keys resident was 95. Born Catherine Byrne in Omaha, Neb., she was the daughter of Roy. T. Byrne, who had a dry goods business, and Erma Sheridan, who worked in charitable causes with the Rev. Edward J. Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town. She moved to Baltimore in her teens and graduated in 1936 from Notre Dame Preparatory School. She did secretarial work in local offices and in 1942 joined Weaver Brothers of...