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Nov. 24, 1938 – Dec. 17, 2012

Sister Margaret Dougherty, who introduced the Clinical Pastoral Care program at Sisters Hospital in Buffalo, died Monday in St. Louise House, the Daughters of Charity senior care residence in Albany, after a lengthy illness. She was 74.

Serving in Buffalo from 1987 to 2006, Sister Margaret was supervisor of pastoral care education at Sisters Hospital. Many of her students completed the 400-hour course and received certificates in pastoral care.

Born Margaret Mary Dougherty in Hazelton, Pa., one of seven children, she graduated from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg, Md., and taught in a public high school in Hazelton before entering the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in 1962.

She later earned master’s degrees in French and religious education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

She taught in Catholic high schools in Baltimore, Wilmington, Del., and Endicott until 1973, then had various ministries in Canastota, Minersville, Pa., and Trement, Pa., before coming to Buffalo.

In 2006, she was called to Hungary to teach her approach to hospital care, then volunteered for Mission ad Gentes and was sent to Ethiopia.

She concluded her career in pastoral care at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.

Surviving are four sisters, Ann Marie, Mary Elizabeth Brennan, Jackie McCarthy and Ellene Ebbe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Saturday in DePaul House Chapel, 96 Menand Road, Albany.