Father John B. Murray, C.M.


Father John B. Murray, C.M., a licensed psychologist and longtime professor of psychology at St. John's University in Queens, died Aug. 4 in Philadelphia. He was 91. He taught at St. John's for more than 40 years, beginning in 1952, and was chairman of the psychology department from 1958 to 1975. He was named a Distinguished Professor in 1986. He received the universityÕs highest honor, the Gold Medal, as well as an honorary doctor of pedagogy degree and the Andrew J. Bartilucci Award. This past June, the university's board of trustees named the campus residence for the Vincentian community, still under construction, the Rev. John B. Murray House. Father Murray was the author of nine books and more than 70 articles. Born in Germantown, now a section of Philadelphia, he entered the Vincentians in 1937 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1942. He held master's and doctoral degrees in psychology from Fordham University and a master's in education from Niagara University, where he taught from 1937 to 1952. A Funeral Mass was offered Aug. 8 at St. Vincent's Seminary in Philadelphia. Burial was in the Vincentian cemetery at St. Joseph's Seminary in Princeton, N.J. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. John's on a date to be announced.



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