Lida Dougherty

Miss Lida Dougherty, 75 Long-Time Resident, Dies

Lida DoughertyMiss Lida Dougherty, 75, first woman superintendent of schools in the state and a member of a prominent south Texas family, died in a Corpus Christi hospital at 4 p.m. yesterday.

A long-time resident of historic Old San Patricio, Miss Dougherty had been in ill health for about a month.

An educator, benefactress and woman of many talent and interests, she was the daughter of one of the first schoolteachers in South Texas.

Her father, Robert Dougherty, was principal of the Hidalgo Seminary from 1867 to 1874. He also established St. Paul's Academy at what is now the family home in Round Lake, near San Patricio. He conducted the school from 1876 until his death in 1881.

Miss Dougherty’s mother was Rachel Sullivan of New Jersey, who came to Texas with her parents in 1854.

Born in Corpus Christi Born in Corpus Christi Nov. 12, 1873, Miss Dougherty was educated at St. Mary’s Academy in Austin, in Denton and at the University of Texas.

She later returned to Austin to devote both time and effort in raising funds, which helped build the Newman club on the university campus.

After retiring from teaching she devoted her full time to civic, literary and charitable affairs. Always an entertaining and ready speaker, her talents were in frequent demand by South Texas civic groups.

Wrote Inscription

Miss Dougherty wrote the inscription on the centennial monument erected in honor of the McGloin and Mullen (sp) Colony in Old San Patricio. The inscription met with great acclaim from critics all over the state.

Her teaching career was wide and varied. She taught in numerous schools and was made superintendent in Beeville, the first woman in the state to hold that position.

Miss Dougherty came from a family of teacher. Her sister Mary, with whom she lived in the old house in San Patricio, and Mrs. Kate Bluntzer of Corpus Christi taught school.

Her brother, James, prominent Beeville lawyer, oilman and rancher, is a one-time teacher.

Funeral Tomorrow

Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at St. Patrick’s Church in Old San Patricio. Burial will be in the family plot where residents of the original colony are buried.

Rosary will be said tonight at the home in San Patricio.

Survivors include her sisters, Mary of San Patricio, Mrs. Bluntzer of Corpus Christi and Mrs. G. R. Nogueira of San Antonio; two brothers, James of Beeville and Francis X. of Live Oak County.

Pallbearers will be Gilmore Nogueira of San Antonio, Robert Nogueira of Beeville, J. Chrys Dougherty, Austin, Dudley Dougherty, Beeville, Robert Dougherty, of Lagarto and Vincent Tarlton of Corpus Christi.

The body may be viewed today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Dunne funeral Home. The body then will be sent back to Old San Patricio.

Corpus Christi Caller Times
Oct. 8, 1949
P. 1, c. 4-5 and p. 10, c 4

Research: Msgr. Michael A. Howell
March 8, 2004