Rochester Columnist Dick Dougherty Dies at 88

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Dick Dougherty, a self-deprecating newspaper columnist in Rochester who poked fun at presidents, ridiculed his inability to smite crab grass and chronicled his golden retriever’s musings via “thought transference,” has died. He was 88.

Dougherty had been in poor health for several months. His son Steve says Dougherty died peacefully at his home Wednesday in the suburb of Brighton.

After serving with the Army in Europe during World War II, Dougherty joined the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle as a reporter in 1950. He later moved to a variety of editing jobs at the morning newspaper and its sister publication, the Times-Union, an afternoon daily that closed in 1997.

His five-days-a-week column ran for 27 years from 1977 until his retirement in 2004.

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