Dauphin Disco Dougherty was the co-founder and co-principal of Watauga Academy (1899-1903) and treasurer and business manager of Appalachian from 1903-1929.
Lillie Shull Dougherty was the official college hostess and taught music classes during the school's early years. She took over as treasurer and business manager after her husband's death in 1929 and retired in 1938. She died in 1945.
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