GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich.— Daniel Francis Doheny, 88, died peacefully at his home for the past six years, Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods, after an extended illness. He was born in St. Albans to Helen (Maun) and Daniel Francis Doheny. Daniel lived and worked in Michigan throughout his adulthood and would summer in Vermont at his cottage.
Daniel graduated from The University of Vermont with his Baccalaureate of Science Degree in 1949.
Daniel pursued his graduate education in Michigan and received his Master’s Degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1956. He also did post-graduate work at Wayne State University in Education commencing in 1978.
Daniel served mankind through his service in the Peace Corp in Africa for two years. The feelings of warmth and the depth of gratitude for his service were expressed in letters that families wrote to him thanking him for his work with them; they described the work, which forever transformed their lives. The impact he made for these families was utmost evident when they relayed their feelings of love to him and stated he would always be a part of their lives.
Daniel served in the Armed Services and was honorably discharged from the Army in Jan. 23, 1957 having attained the rank of a corporal. He was inducted into the Armed Forces of the United States of America on Sept. 28, 1950. During the time he was in the service he served in the Korean War and was a proud supporter of veterans all of his life.
He worked for 25 years as a Master’s prepared Speech and Language Pathologist (SLP) in the Grosse Pointe Public School System retiring in 1987. He worked with children with special needs throughout most of the elementary schools and was described by his colleagues as patient and resourceful. They spoke of how the children benefitted from Dan’s scholarship and expertise and described him as a reserved, gentle man. They noted he had particular expertise in the area of treating stuttering, which can be one of the greatest challenges for a SLP, and he served as a resource in the district for this particular challenge. Daniel received drawings from students and letters from parents signifying the meaning he and his work had in their lives.
Daniel is survived by his sister, Carol Lapan, from St. Albans; his nephew Craig, and his wife Darcy, and their son Nathan Lapan, from Brighton, Mich.; his niece, Lynda Lee Lapan, and her daughter Karyssa, from Shelburne; and a life-long friend, Robert Walker, from Chicago, Ill. He was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Helen Doheny; his brother-in-law, Richard Lapan, as well as many extended family members.
Daniel’s passion was for opera and world travel, especially for European festivals celebrating Wagnerian operas. He took countless exotic vacations and had a thirst, reverence, and respect for all peoples and cultures in this world.
A graveside service will be held at the Holy Cross Cemetery on Fairfax Road in St. Albans, Vermont on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 1:30 p.m.
The family would like to extend gratitude to Hospice, most especially Lisa and Amy, from Great Lakes Caring from Clinton Township, Michigan for their care over Daniel’s last months of life, as well as all the staff at Sunrise of Grosse Pointe Woods for all their care shown to Daniel over these past several years.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made in his name and memory to The Disabled American Veterans: dav.org, one of his true loves.
Care has been entrusted locally to Minor Funeral Home and Cremation.