Former Maryland Official

Daniel T. Doherty, 83, a retired chairman of the Maryland Worker's Compensation Commission, died Feb. 4 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. He had heart and liver ailments.

An authority in the field of worker's compensation, Mr. Doherty was a past president of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and of the Southern Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions.

Mr. Doherty, who lived in Olney, was born in Jeannette, Pa. He moved to Washington in 1926 to attend Georgetown University, from which he received undergraduate and law degrees. He then established a private law practice in Washington.

During World War II he was a commander in the Navy, and he was assigned to the Office of the Judge Advocate General in Washington. After the war, he became a partner in the Rockville law firm of Barbee, Doherty & Starrett.

In 1948, he was appointed to the Maryland Industrial Accident Board and Commission, a part-time position. In 1958, he became a full-time member of the Maryland Worker's Compensation Commission, which was organized that year to replace the industrial accident board and commission. In 1962 he was named chairman, and he held that position until retiring in 1976.

During the Nixon administration, Mr. Doherty served on the National Commission to Study Workmen's Compensation Laws.

After retiring from the Maryland compensation commission, he was appointed by the U.S. District Court for Maryland to the Federal Land Commission, the agency that acquires land for the Metropolitan Washington Area Transit Authority.

Mr. Doherty was a fourth-degree member of the Rosensteel Council of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the parish of the St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church in Wheaton.

Survivors include his wife, Frances B. Doherty, whom he married in 1941, of Olney; two children, Daniel T. Doherty Jr. of Frederick, Md., and Anne D. Bottner of Mitchellville, Md.; and three grandchildren.