Murray Bauernschmidt, Sarah Elizabeth

June 22, 2005

SARAH ELIZABETH BAUERNSCHMIDT MURRAY, 82, of 24 Robin Hood Dr., Gales Ferry, Connecticut, died June 17, 2005 at the Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. She was born March 23, 1923 in Baltimore Maryland, the daughter of the late Rear Admiral G.W. Bauernschmidt and the late Maude (Pearce) Bauernschmidt. Sarah's family is deeply rooted in Maryland history. Her great grandfather, George Bauernschmidt, started the Bauernschmidt Brewery in the 19th century. Her paternal grandmother, Marie Bauernschmidt, was one of the most powerful and influential political figures in Baltimore history. Affectionately known as "Mrs. B" in the press, Marie Bauernschmidt was instrumental in cleaning up corruption in the Baltimore school system in the 1920s and 1930s. Sarah's father commanded bases in the U.S. Navy Supply Corp during operations in North Africa, Normandy and the Pacfic theater during WWII. As the daughter of a naval officer Sarah spent portions of her childhood living in the South Pacific. The family spent nearly two years living in Samoa, an experience she spoke of often during her lifetime. The family was also stationed in the Hawaiian Islands for several tours of duty and the islands were one of her favorite spots on earth. Another spot Sarah loved was My Lady's Manor, an historic tract of land in Maryland's northeast Baltimore County and western Harford County. In 1713, on the occasion of his fourth marriage, the 76 year old Charles Calvert, the Third Lord of Baltimore, gave his young bride, Margaret Charlton, a wedding gift of 10, 000 acres to be known as My Lady's Manor. After the Revolutionary War the newly formed U.S. Government auctioned off the land at Slade Tavern in 1782, mostly to tenant farmers and soldiers mustering out of the Colonial army. Sarah's maternal side of the family, the Pearce and Hutchins, have lived at "The Manor" for three centuries. Before WWII Sarah's parents bought a farm in Monkton, not far from the spot she has chosen as her final resting place. Sarah was taught the Calvert System, at home, by her mother during the first eight years of her education. She was a graduate of the National Cathedral High School in Washington DC, and was a graduate of Connecticut College. She continued to stay in contact with classmates, and her vast labyrinth of navy friends, all her life. After college Sarah worked as a service representative for C&P Telephone in Washington D.C. During the Korean War Sarah was a volunteer at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C. working with paraplegics. Sarah married Stuart Grant Murray, Class of 1947 at the U.S. Naval Academy, July 18, 1953 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The wedding was between the son and daughter of two Admirals in the U.S. Navy and more than 600 guests attended the event. After the marriage Sarah and her family continued to move around the country as navy life dictated. In the early 1960s Sarah and Stu lived in the Phillipine Islands for two years with their four young sons. While other military families remained stateside, Sarah insisted on following her husband across the Pacific to support him, and give her sons a rich cultural experience. In addition to her husband, Stuart, of 52 years, she is survived by her sons Stuart G. Murray Jr., George W. Murray and John H. Murray, by her brother George W. Bauernschmidt, by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her two sons Robert E. Murray, Charles R. Murray and by her sister Mary Oehl Roberts. Burial in St. James Episcopal Church Cemetery in Monkton MD will be June 24. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sarah Murray's memory may be made to the Charles Richard Murray Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Ledyard High School, Colonel Ledyard Hwy, Ledyard CT 06339

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