Darrell J. Doughty

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Darrell J. Doughty, 72 PORTLAND -- Darrell J. Doughty, 72, of Portland, passed away on May 22, 2009, following a long illness. Darrell, son of Lewis and Margaret Doughty, was born on June 24, 1936, in Twin Falls, Idaho and moved to Oakland, California as a child. He graduated from Fremont High School in 1954. He earned a bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of California Berkeley in 1958 and his Divinity Degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1962. In 1965 Darrell received his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Goettingen, Germany. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church to serve in the teaching ministry. Darrell began his career at Princeton Theological Seminary teaching New Testament Theology before moving to Memphis, Tenn. where he taught in the Religion Department at Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College). During his time in Memphis he was socially and politically engaged in the Civil Rights Movement, on several occasions marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In 1969 Darrell moved to Madison, N.J. to continue his career at Drew Theological Seminary where he taught New Testament and Early Christianity in the Seminary and Graduate School for 35 years. He edited Drew's publication 'Gateway Magazine' for many years, and co-founded and published 'The Journal of Higher Criticism,' a scholarly review attracting national and international writing. Darrell's contemporaries describe him as 'a wonderful colleague and demanding teacher.' Life for Darrell was not all about work. In the late 70s he became a serious recreational runner and was a founding member of the Rose City Runners Club in Madison. He regularly drove his VW Bus filled with friends to the New York Road Runners Club races in Central Park. He enjoyed hiking, camping and skiing with his family in the White, Green, Adirondack and Sierra Mountains. He was a member of the AMC and hiked many sections of the Appalachian Trail. The Montclair Ski Club was a big part of his life and he was an avid telemark skier and a shareholder at Mad River Glen in Vermont. Darrell J. Doughty Darrell played tennis, built model railroads, fly-fished, tied flies and rooted for the New York Yankees. He was skilled at house remodeling, transforming the Madison house into a beautiful and comfortable home for his family. He was a crusader for equality and human rights, feminism, civil liberties, immigration and gender equality. In the past year he found pleasure in painting. Darrell and his wife Mary retired to Portland in 2004 to enjoy the city's culture, history, art and fine dining. He was a member of the First Parish Church, Victoria Mansion, Greater Portland Landmarks, Portland Art Museum, and Portland Stage Company. Darrell was a neighborhood fixture walking Calvin, his Airedale Terrier, in the West End. He is survived by Mary Van Every Doughty, his high school sweetheart and wife of more than 50 years; a brother Richard Doughty and wife Nadrah of Bothell, Wash.; his children and their families Jean and Kevin Wry, Waitsfield, Vt., Elizabeth and Scott Peterson, Portland, Katharine Doughty, Key West, Fla.; grandchildren Kasey, Lindsey and Sarah, Cooper and Millie; many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and nephews. A celebration of Darrell's life will take place at 10:30 a.m. on July 11, at The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland. Arrangements are under the guidance of Independent Death Care, 471 Deering Ave., Portland. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book, please go to the obituary page at www.independentdeathcare.com. For those who wish memorial donations may be made to: New England Airedale Rescue 3 Carter Rd. Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut 06754 Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland 449 Stroudwater St. Westbrook, Maine 04092 or, the animal shelter of your choice

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 31, 2009
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