J. Henry Doscher was born in Houston, Texas on January 5, 1921, a 5th generation from that city, and passed away on October 3, 2008 in an Abilene hospital.
He received his BA from Amherst College, graduating in 1942 and later enlisted in the Navy, commissioned an ensign and served for 32 months in the Pacific. After discharge, he attended the University Of Texas School Of Law earning a LLB degree in 1948. He moved to Abilene, which became his hometown, to join the Wagstaff, Harwell, and Alvis law firm in 1950, became a partner in 1951 and left in 1966 to go into private practice. After retiring from his practice, he became a professor at McCurry University, teaching Business Law for 27 years. In 1994-1996 he wrote two books about the war in the Pacific. He spent many hours answering email from his related web-site, literally from around the world, of those interested in that period of history.
Mr. Doscher believed in helping others, establishing funds to aid those of his hometown when the Community Foundation of Abilene was created in the 1980s. He has funded scholarships at the University Of Texas School Of Law, the University of Houston and at Amherst. Much of his estate will go to various charities.
He was very active in bridge, earning several times over his masters points. He traveled widely to play in tournaments, often with partners from the groups in Abilene. He was well and widely known in Abilene, and Austin, with a large circle of friends who will miss his unique sense of humor.
Mr. Doscher did not marry and is survived by his niece, Maynette Shearn More, of Austin Texas; his cousin, John Spence Hornbuckle of Houston, and his two children, Laura Christine and John Spence. Hornbuckle III. He will be missed greatly by them as well.
His memorial service will be held at The Church of the Heavenly Rest, Friday October 10th at 10 am; interment with full military honors provided by the U.S. Navy will follow at Elmwood Memorial Park.
He and his family request memorials be sent to a charity of choice, or to the Community Foundation of Abilene. The family offers its thanks to all those who cared for Mr. Doscher during the past few months. Your care and concern for his welfare is greatly appreciated.
You were such a good friend to me Henry. We met June 1980 en route to Europe and remained in contact and friends ever since. Melissa and I named our son, Henry Ellis Quinn, after you. Thank you Henry, for your bright presence in my life.
Safe journey my friend
Ellis Michael QuinnBeacon, NY
The friendship we had will always be a treasure.
Bill DoscherRome Twp., PA
On behalf of The Samuel B. Roberts Survivors Association, DE 413, we wish you fair winds and following seas. You were a good friend to all of us aboard our ship which you called Little Wolf at Leyte in your excellent book. We will miss you and will see you later.
Richard K. RohdeOcala, FL
sorry to see one of my oldest customers is no longer with us. i always looked forward to his call. he was a very interesting man. i also enjoyed his cats. i only saw mr. doscher only a couple of times a year for over ten years so that ought to tell you what kind of person he was. he left an indelible impression on me and will be missed.
mike yarbroughabilene, TX
Henry was a very dear friend and neighbor for seventeen years. We talked, walked, loved our pets together and enjoyed a fine friendship. Norman and I will miss him very much. He was really one of a kind, a real gentleman. We will treasure the many stories he related about his numerous adventures.
Edna RossAbilene, TX
It was an honor and distinct pleasure to work with Henry on creating scholarship endowments in memory of his cousin, Major Charles P. Shearn. We enjoyed many conversations about his military career and that of his cousin. I am so sorry that the conversations have to end.
Nancy V. ClarkHouston, TX
Oh, Henry ... we are going to miss you so Your Surrey Square friendsneighbors Rest in peace
Kay Denkhoff, AL