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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.
Description of Assistantship
The Richard Daugherty Research Assistantship is awarded to an outstanding anthropology graduate student specializing in archaeology. Selection based on GRE scores, GPA, letters of recommendation, academic background, and willingness to accept commitment to complete a Ph.D. in Anthropology at WSU. This assistantship provides the opportunity for a graduate student in archaeology to work with a faculty member in the student’s area of research, on a project related to the student’s thesis or dissertation. Linked with a teaching assistantship to provide half-time support for one academic year. Students having a B.A. or M.A. may apply. Awarded in alternate years.