Past DGS President Thomas Doherty, PhD, died

Thomas P. Doherty, PhD, past DGS president, died on December 26, 2023. As many people know, he was devoted to genealogy—as DGS president, editor of the first three editions of the Delaware Genealogical Research Guide, and lecturer at UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning, among many activities. We extend our condolences to Tom’s wife, Dr. Phoebe Doherty, also a past DGS president, and his family and friends.

For the full obituary, visit the Chandler Funeral Home (Delaware) website.

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Past DGS President Margaret David died

Margaret David, age 96, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2023.

She was born in 1927 in Kearney, New Jersey, the second oldest of five children. After graduating from high school, she went to work for TWA in their office. She and her husband, Vernon, were married for 60 years before his passing. Margaret taught at Goldey Beacom College and Delaware Tech in Wilmington. She also worked in the Prison Ministry and held various board positions over the years.

Margaret was president of the Delaware Genealogical Society from 2010 to 2012. She also served in various other roles as a member and on the DGS board for more than ten years, including vice president, secretary, chair of the Awards Committee, and on editorial teams for several DGS publications.

She was predeceased by her husband Vernon and her son Douglas. Margaret is survived by her son Brian and his wife Niury; by her daughter Christina and her husband Jack; and several grand- and great-grandchildren.

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