NORFOLK, Neb. — John Doherty is being remembered as “one of the true founders of Nucor Steel.”
The retired general manager of Norfolk's Nucor Steel mill died Friday at age 91.
Dirk Petersen, current manager of Nucor Steel, said Doherty was the driving force in the development and success of Nucor's operations in Norfolk. “I can't say enough about him.”
Doherty's funeral is today at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norfolk.
Doherty was instrumental in designing and building the mill northeast of Norfolk. As general manager from 1973 to 1995, he set annual production records and helped write the company's history as a modern American success story.
Doherty often worked seven days a week. Past co-workers said he would be either in his office working — with the door always open — or out on the mill floor.
An engineer and a draftsman by training, Doherty gave up his position as general manager in 1995 and spent two years as vice president of engineering and consulting at Nucor Corp. He retired from the company in 1997.
Last fall, Nucor Steel's new entrance road south of the plant was dedicated and named “John A. Doherty Drive.”
Doherty is survived by his wife, Eileen; children Jack Doherty of Denton, Md., Betty Stanley of Florence, S.C., Mike Doherty of Brandon, Miss., Pat Widner and Jerry Doherty of Norfolk; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.