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PAGE 2 THE PRESS AUGUST 29, 2012 Thomas James Dougherty Thomas James Dougherty, 87, a renowned and pioneering Washington D.C. communications attorney, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, died on Monday, August 20th, surrounded by his loving wife, Beverly, and his chil- dren. A true patriot, he was a strong, but gentle, loving man of great in- tegrity, faith, and indomitable spirit. He was a diehard Redskins fan who loved to dance and talk politics. But he was perhaps best known and loved for his open, compassionate, Irish heart, twinkling eyes, and wonderful sense of humor. Born June 20, 1925, in Graflon, North Dakota, he was the only son of Walter and Agnes Dougherty. His sister Diane died at age 8. He spent his early childhood in several towns in the upper Midwest before the family settled in his beloved Park River, North Dakota. He excelled academically and as cap- tain and quarterback of his high school football team. At age 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, bravely serving in the Pacific through the end of World War II. After the war, he spent one year at the University of North Dakota, then transferred to The George Washington University, where he earned both a Bachelor&apos;s and a law degree and served as President of Sigma Chi fraternity. He began his legal career at Dew, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, DC. From 1957 to 1961, he served as the legal assistant to Robert E. Lee at the Federal Communications Commission, one of the FCC's longest serving members. In 1961, he left the FCC to open the Washington, D.C., office of a growing media conglomerate, Metromedia, Inc., the nation's leading independent broadcasting company (and precursor to the current Fox Television Network). As Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel, he was Metrome- dia's point man in Washington in charge of all reg- ulatory and governmental affairs. He represented the company in matters at the FCC, in federal courts and before Congress. During his 26-year tenure, Metromedia expanded into one of the nation's lead- ing communications companies with holdings that included television and radio stations; paging and cellular operations; outdoor advertising; and enter- tainment properties, including the Harlem Globe- trotters and Ice Capades. Working closely with Metromedia's controlling shareholder, the late John W. Kluge, Dougherty was instrumen- tal in executing Metromedia's 1987 leveraged buyout, one of the first transactions of its kind in the telecom- munications industry and a template for many others that characterized this era. Tom was active in his communities, serving on local community boards, as well as The George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Metropolitan Me- morial United Methodist Church Ad- ministrative Board and Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C., where he also ushered for 40 years. He was a member of Congressional Country: Club of Bethesda, and of Wachesaw Plantation Club and Belin Memorial United Methodist Church in Murrells Inlet, SC. He was the proud patriarch of a beautiful family. He married his college sweetheart, Anne Lenoir Diffenderfer (1928-1996) of Washington, DC, in 1950, and together they had eight children: Thomas Jr., Scott, Craig, Anne, Diane, Paul, Sharon, and Melanie. In 1998, he married Beverly Laura Dodd of McLean, Virginia. They moved to Murrells Inlet in 2005, where they made wonderful friends and shared many happy years. In addition to his wife, he is survived by 12 grandchildren: Chloe, Caro- line, Thomas, Catherine, Craig, Anne, Christopher, John Jr., Luke, Catherine, Grace, and Grant. Tom Dougherty touched the hearts and impacted the lives of all who met him. He is and will remain to so many a man who epitomized the Greatest Gen- eration, with an unwavering love of country, sense of duty, dedication to service, and reverence for God. Tom approached all, regardless of station in life or point of view, with warmth, an open heart and great humor. His was a life well lived, and he will , be dearly missed by all. A memorial service was held in Murrells Inlet, SC on Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 AM at the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. Family and friends will also gather in Washington, D.C. at a later date to celebrate his life. Memorial donations in his memory may be made to the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church music fund or to The Wounded Warrior Project. An online guestbook is available at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. I0U00lt, ll0fmntm .,.Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy, when 1call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grand- mother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. 2 TIMOTHY l: 4,5 Detail of "Mother and Child" (1959) by Conrad Fetixmuller (1897-1977) 20t2 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved, Norma J. Gieszler Nonna J. Gieszler, age 74 of Park River, ND passed away on Sunday, August 19, 2012 at First Care Health Center of Park River. Norma J. Gieszler was born April 18, 1938 in Garrison, ND the daugh- ter of the late Wilmer and Hazel (Page) Hedges. She graduated from Garrison High School and later at- tended Business College in Omaha, Neb. Upon graduation she worked at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. She later moved back to North Dakota and worked for the Corp of Engineers in Riverdale and a law firm in Garrison. Norma was united in marriage to Larry Gieszler on November 25, 1960 in Garrison. She loved to golf, play cards, fish and attend her son's and grandchildren's sporting events. She was an avid fan of the UND Sioux Women's Basketball team, attending games frequently with her husband Larry and family friends. Norma especially enjoyed driv- ing spud truck during potato harvest for Midgarden Farms. She was a member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and the Park River American Le- gion Auxiliary.' Norma is survived by her husband Larry of Park River, ND; sons: Kevin (Jody); Longview, WA and Shawn (Jan), Bismarck, ND; grandchildren: Ashley, Jesse, Shannon, Marissa and Brandon; great grandchildren: Styles and Colby; brother, Mike (Jane) Hodges, Colorado Springs, CO; sis- ter, Claire (Tom) Fitzgerald, Wash- burn, ND; nephew, Mark (Arlinda) Hodges; sister-in-law: Beverly Hodges and nieces Erin and Aimee Fitzgerald. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harvey and son Thomas. Funeral services will be Friday, August 24, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church of Park River. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 with a prayer service at 7 P.M. at the Tollefson Fu- neral Home of Park River. Friends may also call at the church for one hour prior to the service. Inter- ment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Park River, ND. An online guestbook is available at: www.tollef The Tollefson Funeral Home of Park River is in charge of the arrangements. Correction: A correction to Norma Gieszler's obituary for the Aug. 22 issue was submitted after press time. The obituary is being reprinted with the corrected information. Any time you have a correction to report, please call the Press at 284-6333. Everyone makes mistakes, we are happy to fix ours. Have a really thankyou? Wecanhelp, Ca11284 6333 &e,e,e 6e,,,.e/ ,,ct,'o,, J So,,, ,d ,,,,'& *, xStes Graitcf <-: ........... :M ....... ,,,,-M,k,. Compaqy (( ""d'<:: ,:i,::;<,','::,\