- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Marguerite Murphy, 88, former federal worker

Marguerite Norris Murphy, a former administrative worker for the federal General Accounting Office, died June 3 of respiratory failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She was 88.

Born at Old Sibley Hospital in the District, Mrs. Murphy grew up in Chevy Chase. She graduated from St. Mary’s Female Seminary, which later became St. Mary’s College.

She attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She received a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, where she later attended law school.

While attending the University of Maryland, she met Maurice Murphy, and married him in 1938. He died May 5.

During World War II and shortly thereafter, she worked in an administrative capacity for the General Accounting Office. During the war, she volunteered as a Gray Lady for the American Red Cross.

Mrs. Murphy resided in the District most of her life. She was active in the community and was a strong supporter of her husband, who ran the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association from 1955 until 1982. The association produces the annual Washington Auto Show.

In the 1960s, Mrs. Murphy was a volunteer for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army and was a volunteer for Goodwill Industries. She also was a member of the Inner Wheel of the Rotary Club of Washington from 1964 to 1994.

She drove critically ill children to doctor’s appointments as a volunteer for the Christ Child Society in the early 1960s.

In the 1970s, she served on the board of directors of the Spanish/Portuguese Language Study Group, which focused on linguistic and cultural similarities and distinctions. She also served on the board of the Capital Speakers Club.

In 1979 and 1980, Mrs. Murphy was president of the Washington Club, a women’s service organization in Northwest.

In the early 1980s, she served on the board of directors of Welcome to Washington, a group of local political and community leaders that helped acclimate new ambassadors and their families to the District.

Mrs. Murphy lived at Grand Oaks Assisted Living Community in Northwest at the time of her death.

She is survived by a daughter, Rosemary Walsh of Rockville; a son, Gerard Murphy of North Potomac; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services have been held. Memorial contributions may be sent to Patterson House Preservation Foundation, 15 Dupont Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.

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