Joseph P. Dougherty, electrical engineer, veteran

Joseph P. Dougherty
Joseph P. Dougherty
Posted: November 16, 2013

Joseph P. Dougherty, 83, of Haddon Township, who retired in 1997 as a program manager for government projects at General Electric Co. in King of Prussia, died of heart failure Saturday, Nov. 9, at his home.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Dougherty grew up in Mount Airy, graduated from Northeast Catholic High School in 1948, and earned a bachelor's degree at Drexel University in 1953 and a master's at the University of Pennsylvania in 1962, both in electrical engineering.

Mr. Dougherty worked in electronic warfare development at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., during his service with the Army Signal Corps from 1954 through 1956, son Brian said.

He worked as an electrical engineer with Radio Corp. of America in Moorestown before beginning his GE career at its offices near 32d and Chestnut Streets, his son said.

In 1983, he moved to GE's offices in King of Prussia, where he worked in the military and data systems operations division as well as the reentry systems division.

In retirement, he was a volunteer with the Service Corps of Retired Executives, a small-business counseling group, from 1997 to the mid-2000s, his son said, and a member of the American Legion.

With St. Vincent Pallotti Church in Haddon Township, he was a Eucharistic minister from the mid-1980s to the late 2000s and a finance committee member in the late 2000s.

From 1970 to 1975, he was president of the Westmont Little League, for which he umpired.

In the 2000s, he was president of the Haddon Field Club, where, his son said, he played tennis two or three times a week, mostly as a doubles partner.

Besides his son, Mr. Dougherty is survived by his wife of 60 years, Katharine; sons Michael, Stephen, and Kevin; daughters Eileen Burke and Colleen Euteneuer; a sister; seven grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.

A viewing was set from 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Vincent Pallotti Church, 901 Hopkins Rd., Haddon Township, before an 11:30 a.m. Funeral Mass there.

Donations may be made to the St. Vincent parish office at

Condolences may be offered to the family at Blake-Doyle Funeral Home, 226 W. Collings Ave., Collingswood, N.J, 08108.

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