Daniel Doherty, retired official, is dead at 83

A Mass of Christian burial for Daniel T. Doherty, retired chairman of the State Workmen's Compensation Commission, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Catherine Laboure Roman Catholic Church in Wheaton.

Mr. Doherty, who was 83 and lived in Olney, died Monday at the Montgomery General Hospital after an illness of several months.


He retired in 1976 after chairing the commission since 1962 and being a member since 1958. For 10 years before that, he was a member of its predecessor, the State Industrial Accident Commission.

He was a former president of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and of the Southern Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and, in the early 1970s served on the National Commission to Study Workmen's Compensation Laws.


After retiring, he was appointed chairman of the Federal Land Commission, which acquires property for the Washington Metro System.

Before becoming a Workmen's Compensation commissioner, he was a partner in the Rockville law firm of Barboe, Doherty and Starrett.

During World War II, he was an officer in the Navy, attaining the rank of commander.

He was born in Jeannette, Pa., and earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree at Georgetown University.

Mr. Doherty is survived by his wife, the former Frances Broadbent; a daughter, Anne D. Bottner of Mitchellville; a son, Daniel T. Doherty Jr. of Frederick; a sister, Isabelle Gillespie of Jeannette; and three grandchildren.