Oct. 4, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's University and Philadelphia basketball lost a treasured member of the community as former SJU Sports Information Director Andy Dougherty passed away Tuesday morning.
The viewing will be held on Sunday evening (Oct. 9) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ruffenach Funeral Home in Drexel Hill (4900 Township Line Road) and also from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday morning. The funeral service will take place on Monday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Dorothy Roman Catholic Church, also in Drexel Hill (Township Line and Burmont Road).
Dougherty, one of the foremost authorities on Philadelphia college basketball, was inducted into the Saint Joseph's Athletic Hall of Fame just two weeks ago, as a member of the University's seventh class.
Dougherty's involvement with Saint Joseph's spanned six decades, extending back to the days of basketball coaches Bill Ferguson and Jack Ramsay.
"I'm not aware of anyone who has been involved at Saint Joseph's for as long as Andy Dougherty. He was the only person who was here when the Fieldhouse was built and then when Phil Martelli was named coach. There were so many sports and people he dealt with, far from just basketball. He will be remembered by a lot of people for a very long time," said Saint Joseph's director of athletics Don DiJulia.
As an undergraduate in the 1940's, he served as team manager for Ferguson's squads. After graduation in 1948 he remained involved with the program and University serving in many roles, traveling with the team as a statistician and assisting with the publicity. He also played an integral role in the formation and operation of the Hawk Hoop Club and served on the University's Alumni Board of Governors.
Dougherty, a native of Philadelphia and graduate of St. Joseph's Prep, was a long-time sportswriter for the Catholic Standard and Times and was the secretary for the Markward Basketball Club while still maintaining his ties with his alma mater. He returned to the University officially in 1972 as Sports Information Director, and spent 11 years publicizing Hawk athletics, at which time included the arrival and growth of women's athletics, as well as the nationally-recognized basketball, baseball, soccer and track teams.
Dougherty retired from Saint Joseph's in 1983 but still remained involved in the city's basketball scene, serving as the official scorer for both SJU and the Philadelphia 76ers.
He was honored for his work with enshrinement into the Saint Joseph's Men's Basketball Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Big 5 Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2000, the University presented him with one of its highest honors, the Rev. Joseph's Hogan Award for dedication and service.