Kenneth W. Daugherty

Actor, Director, Administrator

Kenneth Warren Daugherty, 62, a veteran Washington stage actor and director who taught his craft at the District's high school for the performing arts, died Dec. 23 at Providence Hospital. He had diabetes and liver disease.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Daugherty held various faculty and administrative positions at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts, including chairman of the theater department and theater manager.

In addition to his work at the school, Mr. Daugherty performed in and directed scores of plays in Washington and elsewhere. One of his most recent directorial efforts was the historical drama "Buffalo Hair," about black soldiers fighting American Indians after the Civil War; it was performed at the Kennedy Center's AFI Theater in 2000.

That same year, he directed "The Seventh Son," a play about the life and works of slain rap artist Tupac Shakur, at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre.

As an actor, Mr. Daugherty played a slew of characters in African American theater productions. He performed in numerous Shakespearean plays. In 1995, he portrayed poet Sterling Brown in the play "Where Eagles Fly"at the Lincoln Theatre. A year earlier, he was part of a large ensemble cast in August Wilson's "Two Trains Running"at the Studio Theatre.

Mr. Daugherty was a founding member of African Continuum Theatre Company. Early in his career, he worked for Robert Hook's innovative DC Black Repertory Company.

The son of blind parents, Mr. Daugherty took on family responsibilities at a young age while growing up in the District. He graduated from Western High School in 1960 and studied theater at Howard University.

He left Howard after two years to work as a computer programmer for the Smithsonian Science Information Exchange, then was drafted into the Army at the beginning of the Vietnam War. In the military, he helped start a theatrical program at Fort Jackson, S.C.

He briefly returned to the Smithsonian after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1966. Within a year, he left his job to pursue a full-time career in the theater.

A protege of playwright Owen Dodson, Mr. Daugherty began promoting black theater companies. In the late 1960s, he developed curricula and began training young professional artists. He served as drama chair of Workshops for Career in Arts, a precursor to the Duke Ellington School.

But he also continued to perform. He once was invited to the White House during the Johnson administration to perform the role of the scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz."

In a late 1960s performance of "Romeo and Juliet" on the grounds of the Washington Monument, he accidentally was stabbed with a sword. Mr. Daugherty continued to perform and, after the show, was taken to George Washington University Hospital, where doctors found he had a punctured lung.

Survivors include a sister, Carmen Daugherty of Washington.

Thomas J. Joyce


Thomas Joseph Joyce, 77, who had owned and operated a consulting business on energy and natural gas issues, died Jan. 15 at Leewood Health Care Center in Annandale after suffering strokes. He lived in Annandale.

Mr. Joyce was vice president for the Illinois Institute of Gas Technology earlier in his career. He settled in the Washington area in 1970 and spent three years as chief of the Federal Power Commission's natural gas bureau.

He then began his consulting business, T.J. Joyce Associates, and contracted with the World Bank, Corning Glassworks, the Gas Research Institute and other companies. He stopped working after a stroke about a decade ago.

Mr. Joyce was a native of Parkersburg, W. Va., and a chemical engineering graduate of West Virginia University. He served in the Army at the end of World War II.

He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale and of the Knights of Columbus, for which he was a recipient of the Family of the Year award for 1998.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Rogers "Betty" Joyce of Annandale; five children, Barbara Orlando of Martinsburg, W. Va., Mary Joyce of Springfield, Carolyn Wall of Chantilly and Thomas J. Joyce and Martha Andrews, both of Annandale; a sister; and five grandchildren.