Philip J. ‘Doc’ Dougherty, M.D.

Oct. 19, 1930 April 2, 2015

Philip J. “Doc” Dougherty, M.D., devoted husband, father and grandpa, beloved community physician and champion of compassionate care for people at the end of life, student, scholar and teacher, winemaker, marathon runner, fisherman who loved his north woods home of Star Lake, devout Catholic, proud Irish-American who lived the family motto “r nDthchas” (“For our heritage”), born to life October 19, 1930, in Chicago, was born to eternal life April 2, 2015, at his home in Menomonee Falls, enveloped in the love of his family.

He was the loving husband of 60 years to Lois J. (nee Stachowiak). He was the father of Mary Claire (Mike Glickenhaus), Colleen (Steve “Marty” Marcus), Kathy (Ken) Klein, Philip (Teri Smith), Dan (Tracy McMahon), Kerry (Bill) Sinsky, Patrice (Jim) Farrell and Mike (Michele Fluhler). He was the joyful Grandpa of Colleen, Corey and Kerstin Klein; Matthew, Patrick (Elizabeth), Philip III, and Mary Kate Dougherty; Sean, Will, Sarah, Murphy, Mac and Owen Sinsky; Carly and Kelly Farrell; Shane, Dowan, Logan, Finian, Aidan and Brodie Dougherty. He was the great-grandpa of Mackenzie (Patrick and Elizabeth) Dougherty, and brother of Helen Comiskey and Dick (Lorraine) Dougherty. He was preceded in death by parents, Joe and Marie (nee Kind) Dougherty, and brother Joe.

He was the co-founder of Medical Associates Health Centers in Menomonee Falls and a specialist in internal medicine for more than 45 years, devoting much of his latter practice to counseling patients and educating medical professionals in end-of-life care. He chaired or served on ethics committees for numerous health care facilities, including Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, which he helped develop and where he held chief of staff and other leadership positions. He also was a director of the Wisconsin Bioethics Network Board and co-founder of Wisconsin Health Decisions, which helped individuals discuss and plan for health care at the end of life. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. He served two years in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant in the Medical Corp and later completed a residency at Milwaukee County General Hospital. Over several decades, he served clinical professor positions with Marquette University School of Medicine and later the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was a former leader in the Wisconsin Society of Internal Medicine and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, N84W17937 Menomonee Ave., followed by a procession and the Mass of Christian Burial from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, N88W17658 Christman Road, all in Menomonee Falls. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Memorial Hospital Foundation of Menomonee Falls and St. Bede Academy of Peru, Ill.

Schmidt & Bartelt A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, N84-W17937 Menomonee Ave., Menomonee Falls, is serving the family. For more information, call 262-251-3630 or visit