JOHN C. DOUGHERTY III
State Bar President, 1979-1980
J. Chrys Dougherty was born in Beeville, Texas in 1915. His father was also an attorney. In 1937 he received his B.A. degree with honors from the University of Texas. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Eta Sigma, and Beta Theta Pi. He then attended Harvard law school and graduated in 1940. In 1948 he received a diploma from the Inter-American Academy for International and Comparative Law in Havana, Cuba. During World War II he served as an officer in the U.S. Army and Coast Artillery, first in counter-intelligence and later in France as a member of the Judge Advocate General's Foreign Claims Staff. In 1949 he became a special assistant to the Attorney General of Texas, charged with defense of the State of Texas' interest in the off shore continental shelf. Dougherty has practiced law in both Beeville and Austin with much of his work devoted to estate planning and administration.
A member of the State Bar since 1946, he served on numerous committees before assuming the presidency in 1979-1980. He has contributed articles to several legal publications and is on the board of editors of Texas Appellate Practice. He has also lectured widely throughout the state. Dougherty is a member of the Inter-American Bar Association, World Association of Lawyers, American Law Institute, American Bar Association, and other legal organizations. He is a Fellow of the Texas and American Bar Foundations, the American College of Probate Counsel, and the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law. A Presbyterian, Dougherty is a director of the Austin National Bank and a major in the U.S. Army Reserves. Since 1971 he has served as Honorary French Consul in Austin. He is also affiliated with a number of civil and philanthropic groups. In 1948 Dougherty married Mary Ireland Graves, and they had two children. She died in 1977, and in 1978 he married Bea Ann Smith who is also an Austin attorney.
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