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Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home

1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee, FL

OBITUARY

Colonel Robert L. Doherty

July 5, 1937June 20, 2020

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Colonel Robert L. Doherty, 82, USA (retired), Esq./ CPA, passed away on June 20, 2020 from the long-term effects of multiple myeloma. He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Anneliese. Anneliese and Robert moved to Tallahassee from his home state of Illinois in June of 1996. Other survivors are their children, Paul A. Doherty II and Brigitte Doherty, of Haddam, Connecticut and Chicago, Illinois, respectively, and Paul’s children, Riley and Paul III. Robert was a four- time summa cum laude graduate of FSU and a retired adjunct professor of business law and international business from FSU’s College of Business.

Prior to moving to Tallahassee and teaching at FSU, Robert was a career, active-duty Army officer, most notably serving in Vietnam, as a tenured professor at The United States Military Academy at West Point, and as Army Attache and member of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps to Estonia and Finland.

Robert loved nature, animals, languages, classical music, food, his friends, teaching, travelling, and so much more; Robert loved life! He was not scared of death, and firmly believed that there was something else yet to come.

A memorial service will be held at Culley’s MeadowWood Funeral Home at 1737 Riggins Road on Wednesday, June 24, at 1:00 PM. Interment at a veteran's cemetery will take place at a later date. No flowers, please. In lieu thereof, send a donation to Leon County Sheriff's Office, ATTN: Animal Control at (850)606-5400, or to a favorite animal shelter of your choosing.

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

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Colonel Robert L. Doherty

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Leisa Flynn

July 9, 2020

I am just hearing this news. Robert was so many things. He worked for me teaching in the Marketing Department at FSU when I was chair there. He had an incredible mind for languages and was always learning a new one. He had many many certifications as a lawyer and as a CPA. He was a great teacher and colleague and he inspired me to get my own CPA which I completed in 2014.

The world is a poorer place without Robert here. I am happy to have been his friend.

john and susan felten

June 25, 2020

Robert was bigger than life and such a friend to our family.
We think that God sent him into our family as an angel.
He helped our daughter in so many ways and taught her many things including two languages and some law.
With our love.........Thank you Colonel

Brigitte Doherty

June 24, 2020

The link to the facebook live video of my dad’s memorial ceremony is below

https://www.facebook.com/culleysmeadowwood/videos/282293552967305/

James Geissinger

June 24, 2020

Everything that has been so beautifully posted reflects on Bob Doherty's many accomplishments and his love for family and life. I would like to shed light on his magnificent life from a long-time friend's perspective.

It was the fall of 1955 (65 years ago) that I met him in the freshman class at Northwestern University in Evanston. We subsequently became friends pursuing the difficult premedical curriculum, fraternity brothers in Phi Gamma Delta, roommates in a boarding house during our senior year, fellow travelers during a spring break drive from Chicago to Key West and a flight to Cuba in 1959 and remaining steadfast friends until the time of his death.

We laughed together during light moments and supported one another at times of pain and despair. I could go on and on about his brilliance and still fall far short. But on thing for certain -- we were very close, respected one another and communicated until the very end.

In an autographed book which he helped me edit I inscribed the phrase:
"Friends together during life,
Names together in perpetuity."

I will miss him dearly,
Jim Geissinger

Anneliese Doherty

June 24, 2020

Henry Herzing

June 24, 2020

A TRIBUTE TO ROBERT L. DOHERTY

Colonel, professor, lawyer, CPA, certified forensic examiner, linguist extraordinaire, a talented singer- the list can go on and on, but importantly, a husband, a father and a very dear and irreplaceable friend. Robert believed in and lived for the pure joy of learning. For him, the study of languages in addition to being a cerebral challenge, was a bridge to direct communication and understanding of other nationalities and cultures. He showed me the sparkle and joy elicited from a person of another native language when you can reach out to him or her in their language. His friendship enriched my life immeasurably and his encouraging me to take voice lessons opened up a new vista of experience for which I am forever indebted. He is missed not only by me and my wife Suzanne, but by our extended family and friends who met him during his many visits with his wife Anneliese, and during which he would often sing- to the delight and enthrallment of all those present.

In the song, ”Empty Chairs and Empty Tables” in the hit musical “Les Miserables”, there is the refrain, ”There’s a grief that cannot be spoken, there is a pain that goes on and on”. I am sure that is the feeling of the family of Robert. May it be some assuagement of that pain to know it is felt by others.

Goodbye my dearest friend.

Henry Herzing

Chancellor Emeritus and Co-Founder, Herzing University

Ralph Egan

June 24, 2020

As a U.S. Army officer, teacher and lawyer, Robert put others ahead of himself. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren, and while not always an easy man, he had their best interests at heart. He served his country in Vietnam and was proud to teach at West Point — the US Military Academy. Robert was a proud man, he always wanted you to know he was the smartest one in the room, that’s because he was! I mean who learns Finnish for God’s sake! Robert’s daughter Brigitte and I are friends and I am proud to have become Robert’s friend too. When I was promoted to Lieutenant on the Chicago Police Department last year Robert gave me his Lieutenant bars that he wore in Vietnam and said they would keep me safe. How beautiful is that!? You have my love and respect Robert. I will miss our visits and phone calls. Godspeed Colonel. May you rest in eternal peace my friend.

Frank Cella

June 22, 2020

Trev and I had the pleasure of spending many pleasant evenings with Colonel Doherty and his lovely wife, Anneliese. We are forever grateful for our times together and for the gift of his daughter Brigitte, whom we cherish. We send all our love and heartfelt condolences.

Frank D. Cella
Trev M. Minnaert

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY