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12/25/16 - NNHS Newsletter - Phil Murray

Phillip Foster Murray
(29 July 1921 - 22 Dec 2016)

George Washington High School Class of @ 1938

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

    I was astonished and saddened to read of the death of beloved local physician,
Phil Murray, George Washington High School Class of @ 1938, who passed away in Midlothian on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at the age of 95.

   While Dr. Murray was practicing at the Veteran's Administration Hospital at Kecoughtan, he became a good friend of    my father's, the late Robert Buckley (John Marshall HS - '25) (19 Oct 1907 - 25 Apr 1960), and served as one of his pallbearers on April 27, 1960. A few years later, he treated both my sister, the Best Dressed Girl in the Class of 1959, Eleanor Buckley Nowitzky of NC, and me in his private practice. He was a very fine and gentle man, and I'm sure will be missed by all who knew him.

From The Daily Press - 12/25/16:

         Philip Foster Murray
      NEWPORT NEWS - Philip Foster Murray, M.D., 95 years of age and a resident of the Peninsula for over 60 years, died on Thursday, 22 December 2016.

Phil was born 29 July 1921 in Larchmont, New York to Douglas Murray and Margaret Barbour Murray.

He graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, Virginia. Upon completion of his bachelor's degree, medical school, and internship at the University of Virginia, he served in the U.S. Army in Japan and Korea.

After leaving the Army, he completed a dermatology residency at Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, New York, where he met his wife, Elizabeth.

As a Board Certified dermatologist, he was in private practice in Hampton from 1955 to 1976, in addition to being on staff at the Hampton Veterans Administration Hospital. He was also a lecturer of dermatology at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond and was an assistant professor of dermatology at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Phil Murray
After retirement, Phil became very interested in complementary medicine and coordinated the class, "Approaches to Better Health", at Christopher Newport University's Lifelong Learning Society. He was instrumental in establishing the Peninsula Peace Education Center and was a member of Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Phil is survived by his wife of 65 years, Elizabeth, and his children, Pamela Davis and husband James Michael Davis, of Midlothian, Virginia and Patricia Colonna and husband Dr. David Colonna of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and four grandchildren, Todd Davis, Ross Davis, Elizabeth Colonna, and Ann Colonna. He is also survived by his sister, Patricia Murray Clifton, of Berkley, California, and her children.

Phil loved music, playing the piano even in the last weeks of his life. He had an inquisitive mind, a gentle sense of humor, and a generous spirit.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on December 25, 2016.
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December 23, 2016

As President of Woody Funeral Home, I extend our deepest sympathy from all our staff for your loss. We are committed to providing the utmost care to you at this time and throughout the days to come. Our purpose is to assist and serve you in a manner that exceeds your expectations. We pledge to strive to merit the trust you have reposed in us.

~ Bernie Henderson, Midlothian, Virginia

December 25, 2016
We knew Phil from the Peninsula Peace Education Center, and his interests in justice and peace. His steadfast and gentle spirit and keen insight were a gift to us all. God bless you Phil.

~ Steve and Kim from the Norfolk Catholic Worker

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Dr. Murray's family and friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 Onward Christian Soldiers

Words by Sabine Baring Gould in Church Times, 1865

Music (St. Gertrude) by Arthur S. Sullivan, 1871

Onward Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See His banner go!

Onward, Christian soldiers,
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!

2. At the sign of triumph
Satan's host doth flee;
On, then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell's foundation quiver
At the shout of praise;
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!

3. Like a mighty army
Moves the church of God;
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided;
All one body we
One in hope and doctrine,
One in charity.

4. Onward, then, ye people,
Join our happy throng,
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song;
Glory, laud, and Honor,
Unto Christ the King;
This thro' countless ages
Men and angels sing.

"Onward Christian Soldiers" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/16/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Animated Army Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

John Marshall High School's Justice Scale clip art courtesy of Cheryl White Wilson (JMHS - '64) of VA - 10/13/05 (replaced 02/23/09)
Thanks, Cheryl!

Musical Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/06/09

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