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James Joseph Doherty passed away unexpectedly at home with his wife by his side in Beaufort, SC on Saturday morning June 10, 2017. Jim was born in Nyack, NY to the late Charles F. and Lucille (Ahrens) Doherty on March 26, 1939.

He was the only son among three sisters. He spent his early years in the Liberty, NY area. He was a graduate of Georgetown University where he received a business degree. He met his wife Karen Price through his sister Kathleen and they were married a year later and have spent fifty wonderful years together.

Karen and Jim lived in Shrub Oak, NY for 25 years, spent two wonderful years in Tokyo and retired to Beaufort, SC in 1997. Jim was a member of St Peter’s Catholic Church.

Jim spent 33 years working for IBM in different management jobs. He started in the mail room while still in college and was manager of Executive Events when he retired. He then started a consulting firm and continued to consult mainly for IBM for several more years. Toward the end of his career he oversaw IBM sponsored events at several Olympic Games, including Lillehammer and Nagano.

Jim loved history and took advantage of all the history classes and trips provided by OLLI at the University of SC. He took the Clemson Leadership class and highly recommended it to all his friends. Jim loved to travel and he and Karen travelled extensively. He was a voracious reader, a model train buff and collected stamps and coins. He was known for his dry sense of humor.

Besides Karen, he is survived by his son Jim and his wife Amy (Greene) of Arlington, VA, daughter Colleen Balkan and her husband Börk of Madison, CT, son Sean of Austin, TX, his three beautiful granddaughters that he adored, Zoe Balkan, Gillian and Tallula Doherty, his sisters Maureen Loughney of Silver Spring, MD, Kathleen (Peter) Gross of Crofton, MD and Eileen of Annandale, VA and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass will be held at St Peter’s Church on Lady’s Island at 9:30a.m., Saturday, June 17, 2017.

The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations made in Jim’s name, to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or by visiting

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  1. Jean ,Mudrick says:

    Jim was such a wonderful manager. I have many great memories from my time in Jim’s department. I’m sure all who knew Jim will remember him fondly.

  2. Anabelle LaGuardia says:

    Sending our love and heartfelt condolences to you all during this most difficult and sad time. He will be missed and may he Rest In Peace!

  3. Jim Chapman says:

    Had maybe 10 managers in 32 years with IBM and Jim was the best. Glad I could send him e-mails everyday that he enjoyed and stayed in touch after we left IBM. He taught me
    how to be honest at all times, fairness was key to his suggest as a GREAT Mgr. I will miss him greatly. See you all soon.

    Jim Chapman

  4. Marina Zuppas says:

    Dear Doherty Family,

    Sending much love from Arlington, Va. Although I never met your father Jim, he seemed like such a wonderful man. I hope you and your family find the peace and comfort you need now during this time of adjustment and sadness. God bless you. Marina, Thanos, Michael and Lea

  5. Tom Trotter says:

    Jim was a great leader and was very skilled at staying out of your way unless you were in a jam and needed management help. He was a generous manager and went to bat for his employees to get them all of the recognition and financial rewards available. When Jim would begin to make a comment out of the corner of his mouth you knew it was going to be very funny to those who understood his dry humor. TT

  6. Suzie Gallagher-Vail says:

    My thoughts are prayers are with all the Doherty Family at this most difficult time. I am thinking of all of you. Sending love and prayers your way… XOXO Suzie

  7. Weitzman says:

    Dear Doherty family, So sad to hear of Jim’s passing. We send our love and deepest sympathy on your loss. We have many fond memories of Jim
    and the years you were our neighbors in Shrub Oak. Harriet and Jeff

  8. Steve & Marilyn Rubel says:

    Our deepest sympathy to all of you. We will always remember the good times with you all on Amelia Drive. May Jim rest in peace.
    Marilyn & Steve

  9. Mike McFee says:

    All my love, thoughts and prayers to you and yours. Just returning to town from my family reunion, and was so sad to hear of your loss. My deepest Sympathy. Mike

  10. Frank McCarthy says:

    Jim was a very skillful leader, a compassionate individual and an admired teacher, but most important a trusted friend. Jim will be missed. Anne & I are so grateful we were able to see you and Jim a few months ago.
    Frank & Anne McCarthy

  11. Ray and Julia Craib says:

    Jim was a wonderful human being. We loved his sense of humor and we are grateful for knowing him. So sorry it was for such a short time.
    Our thoughts are with Karen and her family.
    Rest In Peace Jim ❤❤

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