Willis Vance Daugherty Jr., 74

July 08, 2010
  • Willis Vance Daugherty Jr.

MARCH 18, 1936-JULY 6, 2010

Willis Vance Daugherty Jr., 74, of Williamsburg, Va., died at his home on the 6th of July 2010.

He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on March 18, 1936, the son of Helen Sawyer and Willis Vance Daugherty Sr.

He grew up in Utica and Clinton, N.Y., and graduated from The Northwood School in Lake Placid, N.Y., where he was an outstanding ice hockey player. He spent summers at the home of his maternal grandparents in Harborside, Maine, on the Penobscot Bay, where, at the age of 12, he built his first sailboat. As a result, he had a lifelong love and respect for all types of boating and the water.

In 1958, he graduated from Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., with a degree in economics. During the late 50s and early 60s, he was an avid sports car enthusiast and raced in the New England Chapter of the Sports Car Club of America. He had a great appreciation for fine cars and motors, which he shared with friends and family.


He began his business career with The Raytheon Co. in Waltham, Mass., and retired from Millipore in Bedford, Mass., in 1995, where he was an information systems specialist. Upon retirement, he returned to the game of golf and was a member of Two Rivers Country Club.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Fleigh Daugherty; his three children from a previous marriage, Elizabeth of Sacramento, Calif., Katharine of San Francisco, and Willis III and his wife, Kristin, of Billerica, Mass.; and his sister, Barbara Hewitt of Mansfield, Mass.

A memorial service will be at Williamsburg Community Chapel on Thursday, July 8, at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Heartland Hospice Services, 11835 Fishing Point Road, Newport News, VA 23606 or to SEA Education Association, Inc., P.O. Box 6, Woods Hole, MA 02543. Sea Education Association (SEA) provides challenging multidisciplinary academic programs ashore and at sea in its 12-week SEA Semester program for college undergraduates. During this program, students go to sea to learn about the oceans and themselves.

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