MURLAN J. MURPHY, SR., ’36
On November 25, 1998, Murlan J. Murphy, Sr. ’36, chairman of the board of JTM Products, Inc., became the first person to be designated a Founder of Saint Ignatius High School. Mr. Murphy, familiarly known as Jerry, was named a Founder because of his extraordinary loyalty, support, and positive influence on the future of his alma mater.
As a major benefactor, he has enhanced the Saint Ignatius experience by improving the school’s intramural, spiritual, and academic facilities. When he provided for the construction and endowment of the Murphy Field House, dedicated to intramural sports and completed in 1993, he said, “Competitive sports teach some of life’s important lessons. The competition teaches not only how to win, but how to lose, and how to come back the next day to work at it again.” He made it possible for every student at Saint Ignatius High School to have that opportunity coining Murphy’s Law, ‘Everybody Plays’.
Through his benevolence, ground was broken in 1998 for the construction of St. Mary’s Chapel. In providing for the chapel, he said, “It is my hope that under the roof of St. Mary’s Chapel many young men will hear the call of God and answer ‘Yes’.”
He provided for the 1999 renovation of an addition to the science building so that both teaching and learning are strengthened by a state-of-the art environment. The Clavius Science Center was dedicated in 2001.
Jerry Murphy was truly a dedicated man for others who, through his generosity and insight, continually found ways to empower the mission of Saint Ignatius High School.
Mr. Murphy passed away on April 18, 2009 at the age of 90. He is survived by his children, Murlan J. "Jerry" Jr. (Molly), Raymond (Mary Kathleen), Paul (Frances); Rita Carfagna (Peter '71) and Brian (Cynthia); 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.