Antoinette J. Doherty, who was 85, died at home in Amagansett on Feb. 12 after a long and crippling battle with fast-onset dementia. Ms. Doherty, who was called Ann, had a house in the hamlet since the 1970s and was a former trustee of the Amagansett Library.
Although devoted to Amagansett, Ms. Doherty’s work life centered in New York City. She was one of the founders there of the International Center of Photography and the first employee hired by the original director, Cornell Capa. She also held positions with the American International Press Association, the Chicago Counsel on Foreign Relations, the Institute of International Education, and the Jewish Museum.
The youngest of four children, Ms. Doherty was born to Gaetano and Gaetana Antonietta on Aug. 15, 1927, in Utica, N.Y. She majored in Spanish at Syracuse University, from which she graduated before beginning a career in the visual arts and education.
In Amagansett, Ms. Doherty enjoyed gardening and cooking. Sunshine was dear to her, her family said, and she loved to watch the sun rise over the ocean.
Her husband, William Doherty, survives her, as does a son, Guy Doherty of New York City. Contributions in her memory have been suggested for the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, 17th Floor, Chicago 60601.