We Mourn the Passing of John H. Murphy
We join our friends at The Houston Chronicle and in the public relations community in mourning the passing of John H. Murphy on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007. John was 94, but many of us knew him as the legendary assistant to former Houston Chronicle publisher, the late Richard J.V. Johnson, and an activist in many worthy causes, including The READ Commission. He was a huge baseball fan.
"I had the opportunity to work with John on the initial capital campaign for Wesley Academy in 1994 and also with John and his late wife Nancy Neal on Hands Helping Houston in 1996," said Paula Ruth, PRSA Houston chapter administrator. "John was a wonderful mentor. When you were with John, incredible results happened. He had a heart for people of every means and walk in life and was able to make the connections to make a difference. He has truly been an inspiration to me."
John is survived by his children and grandchildren and their families. A complete obituary may be found in today's Houston Chronicle. Friends are invited to a visitation from 7-9, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Geo. H. Lewis & Sons, 1010 Bering Drive. A celebration of John's life will be held at First Methodist Houston Westchase, located at Westpark and Beltway 8, at 11 a.m., Sept. 26. Among the pallbearers are Steve Anton, Paul Babb, Marc Matthews, John Neal, Scott Neal and Todd Neal. Honorary pallbearers include Laurie Daniels, Pat Daniels, Christopher Graeter, Mark Johnson, Dr. Alfred Leiser, Frank Michel, John Worsham and Steve Zander. The family has asked that memorial gifts be given to Wesley Academy of First Methodist Church, 10570 Westpark Drive, Houston, TX 77042, or to the charity of your choice.
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