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Richard Deo Daugherty was born in March of 1922, at Aberdeen, Washington. He completed high school in Aberdeen, attended Central Washington College of Education at Ellensburg, WA, and the University of Washington in Seattle, from which he received his doctor’s degree in anthropology. In 1950 he began employment at Washington State College in Pullman, which he continued until retirement in 1985. Daugherty’s main focus as an anthropologist was the pre-history of the Pacific Northwest, approached through archaeological methods. For over 30 years he conducted or directed a number of excavations and similar investigations, chiefly in the central basin area of Washington and along the Pacific coast. One of the best known was an 18th century village near Ozette. Daugherty also conducted archaeological surveys in North Africa, within the regions of Sudan effected by the construction of dams on the Nile River. Daugherty was also an original member of the National Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, to which he was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967.
In July 2002, the Richard Daugherty Graduate Scholarship was renamed the Phyllis and Richard Daugherty Scholarship for Graduate Student Excellence to honor the life of Phyllis Daugherty, wife of Dr. Richard Daugherty. This scholarship now recognizes the achievements of famed Washington Arcaheologist Dr. Richard Daugherty and the role Phyllis Daugherty played in his career and life.
Description of Scholarship
The Richard and Phyllis Daughtery Scholarship for Graduate Student Excellence is given on an annual basis to one or more students of outstanding promise in anthropology in either the M.A. or Ph.D. program at time of nomination. Nominations are based on excellence of scholarship, degree and effectiveness of professional activities, and leadership in departmental or university affairs. This scholarship can be awarded only once to any student; current or previous holders of the Scoales Scholarship or Daugherty Research Assistantship are not eligible. (By faculty nomination, no application.)