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Dr. George Daugherty, 80, Formerly Of Yorktown

Dr. George Daugherty
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YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Dr. George I. Daugherty II, a retired Air Force colonel formerly of Yorktown, died Nov. 30 at his home in Panama City, Fla. He was 80.

Daugherty was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Brooklyn. He graduated from Yorktown High School in 1950 and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he was accepted into the School of Dentistry in 1952. He received a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1956.

Later that year, Daugherty joined the Air Force Dental Corps. He met his wife, Leenoma "Shorty" while on duty in Morocco, and they married in 1958. After serving at McGuire Air Force Base, he separated from the service in 1959 and held a private practice in Peekskill for a year.

He resumed his Air Force career with assignments in Washington, New Mexico and Puerto Rico. In 1969, Daugherty began a general dentistry program sponsored by the Air Force Institute of Technology.

Two years later, he received a Master of Science degree in biomedical science and general dentistry. Following duty at Lowry and Tyndall bases, Daugherty was transferred to Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, where he served as a clinical instructor and officer in charge of the Hurlburt Dental Clinic.

He developed the advanced clinical dentistry residency program for midcareer officers and served as its first director. Daugherty left Eglin in 1982 and served as base dental surgeon in Germany and in Florida. He assumed the rank of colonel in June 1975 and retired from the Air Force in 1987. He then joined the faculty at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City.

Daugherty belonged to numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association, Academy of Operative Dentistry, Academy of General Dentistry and the International Association of Dental Research.

He served as national director of the Academy of General Dentistry and chairman of the National Committee on Certification of General Dentistry. He also earned fellowship and mastership awards and the Fellow honor from the American College of Dentists.

Daugherty's military awards include the Legion of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals and two Outstanding Unit Citations. He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution and a life member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and Delta Sigma Delta Dental Fraternity.

Daugherty was predeceased by his wife. He is survived by four children, Derek, Mary Lee, Donna Jean and Stephanie Colette; and four grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Dominic's Roman Catholic Church in Panama City. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home in Panama City is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society for lung cancer research.

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