Docherty died on Thanksgiving at his home in central Pennsylvania, according to his wife, Sue Docherty.
She said her husband of 36 years had been in failing health for about three years.
“George said he was going to live to be a hundred and he was determined,” she said in a telephone interview Saturday. “It’s amazing that he was with us this long.”
Docherty, then pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, just blocks from the White House, gave a sermon in 1952 saying the pledge should acknowledge God.