HAMMOND — For their decades of dedication and service to Bishop Noll and the Northwest Indiana community, Bishop Noll selected Paul L. and Bette Doherty to join its Hall of Honor for 2016.
During the annual donor reception and Hall of Honor induction, they were honored in the Outstanding Catholic Family category. Paul, and Bette, who was honored posthumously, sent six children to Bishop Noll and continued to serve after they all graduated.
During a special ceremony, Paul received a framed medal to show Noll’s gratitude for his service.
“They have helped Noll in so many ways through their time, talent and treasure,” said Mary Ellen O’Neill, Bishop Noll’s director of advancement.
Son Paul Doherty, Bishop Noll class of 1968, introduced his father, saying their family was excited and proud of their parents. His siblings include Peter ’71, Philip ’74, Mary Beth ’75, Jeannie ’82 and John ’84. In addition, two of Paul’s grandchildren attended Noll – Peter ’99 and Colleen ’02.
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He noted his father’s involvement within the Bishop Noll community and Northwest Indiana community as a whole, in addition to his work with the Diocese of Gary Catholic Charities and the town of Highland.
“The other person I think is really important to talk about is our mother,” Paul said. “She was very influential in our development and the decision to send us all to Catholic schools.”
After his son’s introduction, Paul L. took the podium to share words of thanks and memories of his “six beautiful children and the most gorgeous and wonderful wife who ever lived.
“Unfortunately she will not be with us tonight. I’m sure she is enjoying heaven. That’s where she wanted to go and I’m sure she is there,” he said of Bette, who passed away Dec. 6, 2012.
Paul L. spent more than three decades involved in Catholic Charities with Semancik, he said, serving as president of the organization for eight years.