The past continues to fascinate. One-hundred years ago, USC broke with tradition. Between 1900 and 1930, at a time when most law schools did not admit women, the USC law school had 115 female graduates.
Sarah Elizabeth Patten graduated at the top of the Class of 1912, took the bar exam and was admitted to practice as a lawyer in the state of California. In 1914, she married Frank P. Doherty, a graduate of the class of 1911. Frank and Sarah Doherty moved to La Cañada and began their family.
They were a bright, happy bunch.
And then, two of their sons became local heroes.
John Edmund Doherty was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, 1919, and Joseph Connor Doherty was born on Feb. 2, 1920. Both graduated from Loyola High School and Santa Clara University. When World War II broke out, both joined the United States Army and served in the 41st Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division in Europe. Capt. John Edmund Doherty was killed in Italy, on Dec. 10, 1943. First Lt. Joseph Connor Doherty was killed in France on March 15, 1945.