‘True blue’ Nucor engineer Doherty dies at 91

Apr 09, 2013 | 03:51 PM |

Tags  Nucor, John A. Doherty, engineer, mill architect, John Ferriola, Keith Busse, John Correnti, obituary

CHICAGO — John A. Doherty, an inventor and entrepreneur who helped develop Nucor Corp. into one of North America’s largest steelmakers, died April 5. He was 91.

After earning a degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University in Pennsylvania, Doherty attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the Navy for three years before joining Eastern Stainless Steel, Baltimore, in 1947 as a draftsman and design engineer.

He left Eastern Stainless in 1948 to work for Perini Corp., Framingham, Mass., but in 1963 returned to Eastern Stainless as a production engineer, designing the first interchangeable electric furnace shell, which later became standard equipment in Charlotte, N.C.-based Nucor’s melt shops.....

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