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April 22, 2009
On April 14, 2009, ARTHUR MURRAY TAYLOR; devoted father of Glen Murray, Shawn Livers, and Phillip Taylor. He is also survived by five grandchildren, one great-grand, and brother Carroll Wallace. Friends may visit the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, TODAY after 8:30 A.M., where the family will receive friends on Thursday at 11:30 A.M., followed by funeral service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the Arthur Murray Taylor memorial fund has been established at Bank of America with proceeds to benefit the Levine School of Music.
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Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
Esther M. Bacot, a former dress designer and Talbot's sales associate, died March 25 from kidney failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 88. The daughter of a physician and a homemaker, the former Esther Philinda Murray was born in Baltimore and raised on Charlesmeade Road in North Baltimore. She was the granddaughter of the Rev. John G. Murray, the seventh Episcopal bishop of Maryland and the first to be elected presiding bishop of the United States. She was a 1945 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and attended Goucher College.
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By New York Times News Service | March 4, 1991
Arthur Murray, the immigrant baker's son who danced his way to fame and fortune as the world's best-known teacher of ballroom dancing, died yesterday at his home in Honolulu. He was 95.Mr. Murray's daughter, Phyllis Murray McDowell, said her father died of pneumonia. He had been active and in good health until very recently, she said.Mr. Murray liked to tell stories of how learning to dance well had helped other people achieve poise, success and happiness, but his own life was his best success story -- and a testimony to his skill as a promoter and an executive as well as asa rumba dancer, fox-trotter, waltzer and bunny-hugger.
NEWS
April 22, 2009
On April 14, 2009, ARTHUR MURRAY TAYLOR; devoted father of Glen Murray, Shawn Livers, and Phillip Taylor. He is also survived by five grandchildren, one great-grand, and brother Carroll Wallace. Friends may visit the family owned MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST, INC., 4300 Wabash Avenue, TODAY after 8:30 A.M., where the family will receive friends on Thursday at 11:30 A.M., followed by funeral service at 12 noon. In lieu of flowers, the Arthur Murray Taylor memorial fund has been established at Bank of America with proceeds to benefit the Levine School of Music.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 30, 2007
As Josh Groban's "So She Dances" played, Vickie Bath and her dance instructor, Gabe Gamboa, swirled across the wood floor, sometimes forward, sometimes backward, every step silken-smooth. Bath kicked one blue-jeans-clad leg high in the air, then stopped and watched Gamboa demonstrate a step. "One, two three. One, two, cross. I know," she said, and the two whirled off again. Bath, 56, has been an Arthur Murray pupil with Gamboa for about seven years, she said. Until recently, the Clarksville resident traveled to Silver Spring for instruction.
NEWS
August 9, 1999
Kathryn Murray, 92, whose elegant dancing inspired millions of students in dance schools run by her husband, famed instructor Arthur Murray, died Friday in her sleep in Honolulu, Hawaii, relatives said.The Murrays made ballroom dancing popular with their chain of dance studios across the United States in the 1940s. At its peak in 1952, when Arthur Murray sold the franchise, the chain had 500 studios around the world. It now has 275.Arthur Murray died in Honolulu in 1991.Kathryn Murray was host for the popular television show, "The Arthur Murray Dance Party," which first aired in 1950 and ran for 11 years on a variety of networks.
NEWS
March 5, 1991
Arthur Murray said he made a business out of ballroom dancing, but his real business was making people feel better about themselves. His success at it made him a very rich man at his death at age 95 last weekend in Honolulu.If the smiles and charm of Arthur Murray dance instructors were not always genuine -- in 1946, disgruntled instructors went on strike wearing prison uniforms -- neither did the thousands of students who flocked to Murray's studios necessarily expect them to be. Murray understood that the mystique of gliding around a dance floor was the allure of a world apart, a place where smiles and charm for their own sake are as essential as rhythm.
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By Ray Frager | November 25, 2008
8 p.m. [chs. 2, 7] It all comes down to this, the finale. Will Warren Sapp (right) come away with a victory in the Super Bowl of television dancing shows? I'm just concerned that if he wins, those of us who carry some extra around the middle will somehow be forced into signing up at Arthur Murray under the theory that if Warren can do it, so can you.
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By DOLLY MERRITT | July 14, 1991
If Brooks Bingman "Bing" Ford is what being 80 looks like, then growing older should be something to look forward to. Aside from his sixtysomething appearance, the Columbia resident doesn't act his 80 yearseither.Ford is breaking old-age stereotypes as fast as the wood he splits with one swift blow of his hand, elbow or foot. On Aug. 19,his 80th birthday, he will receive his black belt in martial arts.It has taken Ford only two years, about half the time usually needed, to earn the belt at Will Maier's United Martial Arts studio in Columbia, where he is an assistant teacher and consultant.
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By William Celis III and William Celis III,New York Times News Service | May 6, 1992
Doris Eaton Travis confesses that for most of her life she felt inferior to people with formal educations because she had neither a high school diploma nor a college degree.Nothing could help her shake that feeling -- not her three-year stint as a member of the Ziegfeld Follies, nor her movie career in the early years of Hollywood, nor her business success from owning and selling 19 Arthur Murray dance studios.But this Saturday, at the age of 88, Mrs. Travis plans to walk across a stage at the University of Oklahoma's football stadium with 2,500 other graduates to receive her bachelor's degree in history, a feat that took her 11 years, taking one or two courses a semester.
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By Ray Frager | November 25, 2008
8 p.m. [chs. 2, 7] It all comes down to this, the finale. Will Warren Sapp (right) come away with a victory in the Super Bowl of television dancing shows? I'm just concerned that if he wins, those of us who carry some extra around the middle will somehow be forced into signing up at Arthur Murray under the theory that if Warren can do it, so can you.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 30, 2007
As Josh Groban's "So She Dances" played, Vickie Bath and her dance instructor, Gabe Gamboa, swirled across the wood floor, sometimes forward, sometimes backward, every step silken-smooth. Bath kicked one blue-jeans-clad leg high in the air, then stopped and watched Gamboa demonstrate a step. "One, two three. One, two, cross. I know," she said, and the two whirled off again. Bath, 56, has been an Arthur Murray pupil with Gamboa for about seven years, she said. Until recently, the Clarksville resident traveled to Silver Spring for instruction.
NEWS
August 9, 1999
Kathryn Murray, 92, whose elegant dancing inspired millions of students in dance schools run by her husband, famed instructor Arthur Murray, died Friday in her sleep in Honolulu, Hawaii, relatives said.The Murrays made ballroom dancing popular with their chain of dance studios across the United States in the 1940s. At its peak in 1952, when Arthur Murray sold the franchise, the chain had 500 studios around the world. It now has 275.Arthur Murray died in Honolulu in 1991.Kathryn Murray was host for the popular television show, "The Arthur Murray Dance Party," which first aired in 1950 and ran for 11 years on a variety of networks.
FEATURES
By William Celis III and William Celis III,New York Times News Service | May 6, 1992
Doris Eaton Travis confesses that for most of her life she felt inferior to people with formal educations because she had neither a high school diploma nor a college degree.Nothing could help her shake that feeling -- not her three-year stint as a member of the Ziegfeld Follies, nor her movie career in the early years of Hollywood, nor her business success from owning and selling 19 Arthur Murray dance studios.But this Saturday, at the age of 88, Mrs. Travis plans to walk across a stage at the University of Oklahoma's football stadium with 2,500 other graduates to receive her bachelor's degree in history, a feat that took her 11 years, taking one or two courses a semester.
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By DOLLY MERRITT | July 14, 1991
If Brooks Bingman "Bing" Ford is what being 80 looks like, then growing older should be something to look forward to. Aside from his sixtysomething appearance, the Columbia resident doesn't act his 80 yearseither.Ford is breaking old-age stereotypes as fast as the wood he splits with one swift blow of his hand, elbow or foot. On Aug. 19,his 80th birthday, he will receive his black belt in martial arts.It has taken Ford only two years, about half the time usually needed, to earn the belt at Will Maier's United Martial Arts studio in Columbia, where he is an assistant teacher and consultant.
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By Russell Baker | March 13, 1991
CELEBRATING another wedding anniversary the other day so soon after the death of Arthur Murray, I decided to irritate our children. They are now adult enough to endure a little irritation, and afterward when I've gone off to bed it probably enhances their sense of maturity to sit around the kitchen table complaining that they have a lot to put up with.Romance was on my mind for obvious reasons: wedding anniversary, Arthur Murray, dancing cheek-to-cheek, etc. Also the Washington Post had run a good feature that morning about Murray, ballroom dancing and popular songs of long ago which tirelessly flogged the idea of "romance."
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By Russell Baker | March 13, 1991
CELEBRATING another wedding anniversary the other day so soon after the death of Arthur Murray, I decided to irritate our children. They are now adult enough to endure a little irritation, and afterward when I've gone off to bed it probably enhances their sense of maturity to sit around the kitchen table complaining that they have a lot to put up with.Romance was on my mind for obvious reasons: wedding anniversary, Arthur Murray, dancing cheek-to-cheek, etc. Also the Washington Post had run a good feature that morning about Murray, ballroom dancing and popular songs of long ago which tirelessly flogged the idea of "romance."
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Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2013
Esther M. Bacot, a former dress designer and Talbot's sales associate, died March 25 from kidney failure at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. She was 88. The daughter of a physician and a homemaker, the former Esther Philinda Murray was born in Baltimore and raised on Charlesmeade Road in North Baltimore. She was the granddaughter of the Rev. John G. Murray, the seventh Episcopal bishop of Maryland and the first to be elected presiding bishop of the United States. She was a 1945 graduate of Bryn Mawr School and attended Goucher College.
NEWS
March 5, 1991
Arthur Murray said he made a business out of ballroom dancing, but his real business was making people feel better about themselves. His success at it made him a very rich man at his death at age 95 last weekend in Honolulu.If the smiles and charm of Arthur Murray dance instructors were not always genuine -- in 1946, disgruntled instructors went on strike wearing prison uniforms -- neither did the thousands of students who flocked to Murray's studios necessarily expect them to be. Murray understood that the mystique of gliding around a dance floor was the allure of a world apart, a place where smiles and charm for their own sake are as essential as rhythm.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | March 4, 1991
Arthur Murray, the immigrant baker's son who danced his way to fame and fortune as the world's best-known teacher of ballroom dancing, died yesterday at his home in Honolulu. He was 95.Mr. Murray's daughter, Phyllis Murray McDowell, said her father died of pneumonia. He had been active and in good health until very recently, she said.Mr. Murray liked to tell stories of how learning to dance well had helped other people achieve poise, success and happiness, but his own life was his best success story -- and a testimony to his skill as a promoter and an executive as well as asa rumba dancer, fox-trotter, waltzer and bunny-hugger.
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