Catherine McGrath Kilmurray dies Civic leader held Army civilian post

June 21, 1991

A Mass of Christian burial for Catherine McGrath Kilmurray, a retired Army civilian personnel executive and longtime civic leader, will be offered at 10 a.m. today at the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit, Joppa Farm Road, Joppa.

Mrs. Kilmurray, who retired in 1966 as chief of position and pay management of the Army Chemical Center at Edgewood Arsenal and Aberdeen Proving Ground, collapsed and died Tuesday at her home in Joppa. She was 85.

She was honored earlier this month as "volunteer of the year" by the Harford County Council of Community Service, and last year received the Geri Award from the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Born in Baltimore, Mrs. Kilmurray was a 1926 graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She was active in alumnae affairs, chairing a recent fund-raising effort and presenting the money to the college a week before her death.

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graduation, an annual $250 student prize in Mrs. Kilmurray's name was established in Notre Dame's history department.

From 1941 until her retirement, Mrs. Kilmurray was responsible for classifying jobs at the Harford County military bases. Among several honors she received, Mrs. Kilmurray was given the War Department's Meritorious Civilian Service Award for her work in planning and installing job classification programs during World War II.

Mrs. Kilmurray was president of the Harford County League oWomen Voters from 1980 to 1983 and received its first Marie Engle Service Award in 1984. She was appointed by the county executive to numerous citizen advisory boards during the 1980s.

As assistant state director for the American Association of Retired Persons, Mrs. Kilmurray established local chapters throughout Maryland and helped begin a series of programs for senior citizens on the Baltimore County cable TV public affairs channel.

From 1985 until her death, she was a member of AARP's National Legislative Council, serving the last three years as chairman of economic affairs and appearing as its representative and lobbyist before congressional committees and other governmental and political bodies.

She also took on a leadership role in the Association of Retired Federal Employees, establishing chapters in Maryland and serving four years on its legislative committee, and she was active in the American Association of University Women.

Mrs. Kilmurray's husband, horseman Martin F. Kilmurray, died in 1979.

Surviving are two daughters, Catherine K. White of Plainfield, N.J., and Theresa K. Deel of Bel Air; a brother, John McGrath of Riderwood; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggested donations to the Catherine Kilmurray Educational Fund, 805 Bartlett Court, Joppa 21085.

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