James H. Doughty ’49

James H. Doughty ’49 died October 5, 2012, in Farmington. He was born on October 16, 1923, in New York City and prepared for college at the Mt. Desert School and Fryeburg Academy, where he was captain and MVP of the baseball team, played basketball, and was a key member of the undefeated football team. He served as class president his senior year. After graduation in 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Forces and served two tours of duty as a navigator on a B-17 crew, flying 35 missions. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with five Oak Leaf Clusters, and a Purple Heart. He served to first lieutenant. In 2008 he was awarded a Maine Medal of Honor and certificate of appreciation for his service. After his discharge, he enrolled at Bowdoin, where he played football and basketball and was a member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. He taught at Skowhegan High School until 1953, when he went to work at Norrwock Shoe as the machinery supervisor. He served three terms as a Norridgewock selectman and was elected to the school board of the newly formed regional school district. In 1971, he became manager of the Capricorn Lodge at Sugarloaf and remained in that capacity until he accepted a position as director of manufacturing at Bass Shoe. He retired from International Paper in his mid- 70s. In his final years he became an ardent follower of Skowhegan field hockey and was in attendance for many of their games and all of their state championships. He is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Jean Finley Doughty; sons John and James Doughty; daughters Jill Gray and Jodi Spiller; six grandchildren, and four stepgrandchildren.

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