John Daugherty is a baritone with extensive experience in opera, song recitals and oratorio. He regularly performs for professional orchestras, universities and conservatories worldwide.
Prior to founding his own commercial and film production company, he was a partner and Chief Creative Officer of Vital Film Works (now Vital Companies). He joined the Board of Directors at Film Columbus in 2013 and took over as Executive Director in March of 2015.
Early Life and Education
John was born in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, on March 29, 1928, to Leo P. and Rachel (Clardy) Daugherty. He was raised in Gypsum, Colorado, graduating from Eagle County High School in 1958. He married Carol Ann Harris of Minturn, Colorado, on November 22, 1958.
He was an avid fly fisherman and biker enthusiast who enjoyed the outdoors as much as he could afford to. He also had a knack for photography. He retired from the Colorado Department of Transportation in 1994 and moved to Meeker, Colorado. The best part about his new home is that he is able to spend more time with his family, especially his daughters Eliza and James. He will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved him. The best way to honor his memory is by donating to a charity of your choice.
John’s interest in science and medicine took him through undergraduate majors in chemistry and psychology, and a year of graduate school in pharmacology. During this time, he came across the How and Why Wonder Book of the Human Body, which inspired him to become a medical illustrator.
A certified medical illustrator, he has worked with over 100 hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities around the world for more than 30 years. His signature style of elegantly flowing lines and colors present the human body in a sensitive, non-threatening manner.
In addition to his work as a medical illustrator, he is a trial lawyer who defends life science companies in shareholder and derivative class actions with claims related to clinical trial or product performance data. He also helps pharmaceutical and food & beverage companies facing allegations from consumers, state attorneys general, insurance companies, and other payors.
Achievements and Honors
John is a highly accomplished meteorologist, having been the proud recipient of numerous awards for his efforts in severe weather research. He spent a lot of time flying in the NOAA P-3D aircraft measuring and studying the most severe storms in the country.
Besides his extensive research and professional career, he is also an active member of the community and has served on various boards and committees over the years. He has also been recognized by the community for his contributions to education. His contributions include establishing the TCHS scholarship in memory of the late “Country Editor” columnist, Kelly Daugherty, which has been awarded annually since 1990. He is a member of the St. Columban Church and the Oasis Golf Club. Among other accomplishments, he has facilitated the inaugural Columbus Film Summit.
John was a kind and loving person who lived to make others happy. His family was his number one priority and he made sure that everyone had what they needed. He was a great cook and loved to entertain.
He served in the Army for three years, got his BS at the University of Maryland and then started grad school in remote sensing at Colorado State. After that, he was a severe weather researcher at NOAA for several years. He spent a lot of time on the road, flying in the NOAA P-3D aircraft measuring and studying storms up close. He also served on the Board of Directors for NAEP for 27 years, 7 as Treasurer and 2 as President. He was truly a remarkable man who will be missed by all those who knew him.
If you were to take all your assets, cash, and investments, and then sell them all and pay off your debts, what would you have left? You’d have a net worth, which is the estimated amount of money you’ll be left with after subtracting what you owe to everyone else. It’s a pretty interesting concept that I think we should all keep in mind when we consider our own net worth, and maybe even the world’s net worth.
If you’re looking for an example of how the concept works, just imagine you’re naked on the street and you hold a huge pile of cash. Then everyone else in the world stands together and throws their wealth into that pile too. Then the books balance.