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Knowles Dougherty ’56

Knowles Dougherty ’56, an educator with a lifelong interest in running, died Sept. 1, 2016. He was 82.

He ran track and cross country at the University of Colorado–Boulder and Swarthmore. After graduating from Swarthmore, he joined the American Friends Service, a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs worldwide to overcome violence and injustice. He served for four years in Guatemala, Mexico, and El Salvador. Knowles later obtained a master’s in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1962 and a Ph.D. in education from Harvard in 1968. He married the former Darlene May Vertrees of St. Louis in 1965 and was pleased to gain a son, James Vertrees, on that same day. Knowles’s interest in alternative education led him and Darlene to found the Warehouse Cooperative School in Boston in 1969. In 1975, the family moved to Missouri, where Knowles was a teacher, farmer, and finally a publisher.


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