Thomas J. Murphy Jr., 67, college athletic directorThomas...

November 17, 1999

Thomas J. Murphy Jr., 67, college athletic director

Thomas J. Murphy Jr., a former assistant athletic director, swimming and lacrosse coach at Loyola College, died Friday of cancer at his New Windsor home. He was 67.

Mr. Murphy, known as "Murph," had been assistant athletic director of the North Baltimore college from 1989 until retiring in 1995. He had been varsity swimming and diving coach for Loyola's men's and women's swimming programs from 1964 to 1989. In 1993, he was inducted into the Loyola College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Earlier, Mr. Murphy taught biology, oceanography and related sciences at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Senior High School from 1963 until 1989, when he retired. He also was football coach at the school from 1963 to 1981.

Mr. Murphy also coached varsity lacrosse at Loyola High School from 1963 to 1966, and freshman and varsity lacrosse at the University of Baltimore from 1967 to 1972.

Born and raised in West Baltimore's Union Square neighborhood, Mr. Murphy was a 1950 graduate of Calvert Hall College. He earned from Loyola College his bachelor's degree in 1959 and a master's degree in education in 1968.

A medical corpsman, he served with the 1st Marine Division in Korea from 1951 to 1955 and was twice decorated with the Purple Heart. He belonged to the American Legion Post 31 and Mollville Farm Post 467, both in Westminster.

He was a communicant of St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, the former Martha Madden; three sons, Dennis J. Murphy of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Mark T. Murphy of Washington, D.C., and Kenneth M. Murphy of New Windsor; a daughter, Karen M. Rixham of Abingdon; his mother, Viola Murphy of New Windsor; a brother, Joseph M. Murphy of Westminster; and four grandchildren.

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