M. Dougherty, St. Joseph College leader


Sister Margaret Dougherty, who was president of St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg from 1968 until it was closed in 1973, died Sunday of cancer at the Daughters of Charity provincial house in Emmitsburg. She was 81.

Sister Margaret, who had been moderator of the college's alumnae organization since 1994, was a member of the Caritas Community at the provincial house and coordinator of hospitality there and at the retreat center.

Marie Tontz of Freeland, who was active among the alumnae, said that Sister Margaret was "a wonderful sister, kind and considerate and very, very friendly."

"She really put herself out to be nice," said Mrs. Tontz, whose daughter who was in the last graduating class at St. Joseph. She said students were fond of Sister Margaret even though "she kept the students in line."

Sister Margaret was a Baltimore native who entered the Daughters of Charity in 1933. She was a graduate of Seton High School and St. Joseph College. She earned a master's degree at Catholic University and a doctorate at St. John's University.

She was vice president of St. Joseph for two years before becoming president and had been principal of the Cathedral Academy in Syracuse, N.Y.

After St. Joseph closed, she held posts at Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, Seton High School in Baltimore and finally, from 1988 to 1994, as superior of St. Ann's Infant Home in Washington.

She also had been stationed in Martinsburg, W.Va., Petersburg, Va., Lynchburg, Va., and Charleston, S.C.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg.

She is survived by a sister, Eleanor Moritz of Baltimore; two brothers, Edward Dougherty of Baltimore and Brother Philip Dougherty of Richmond, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

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