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John W. Murphy

John W. Murphy, American foundation executive. Recipient Distinguished Citizen award University Arizona, 1986, Outstanding Philanthropy award National Society Fundraising Executives, Philanthropic Partnership award Arizona State University, 1985. Vice president North Center Phoenix Homeowners, since 1994; chairman History District Commission, Borough of Rocky Hill, New Jersey, 1979-1981. Member Phoenix Country Club, Plaza Club.


  • Murphy, John W. was born on September 27, 1937 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, United States. Son of Dorsey L. and Beatrice M. (McCauley) Murphy.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Marshall University, 1959. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1962.


    • Assistant director information services Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, 1957-1959. Director public information Monticello College, Alton, Illinois, 1959-1961. Director public Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1962-1972.

      Program officer Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, New Jersey, 1972-1981. Executive director The Flinn Foundation, Phoenix, since 1981. Board directors Conference Southwest Foundations, Corpus Christi, Texas, president.

      Chairman, board directors Grantmakers in Health, New York City, Partnership for Children.


    • Member editorial board Inquiry, Chicago, 1986-1990. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    The use of force should be supported only in extreme situations and through approve of appropriate international organizations.


    Everybody can reach the love of God. Salvation is for everyone who turns to God.

    Denomination: Methodist


    The very idea that one gender is superior to another should be rejected as well as the erroneous notion that members of one gender may receive love, power, and esteem only at the expense of another.


    Vice president North Center Phoenix Homeowners, since 1994. Chairman History District Commission, Borough of Rocky Hill, New Jersey, 1979-1981. Member Phoenix Country Club, Plaza Club.


    • Married Judith A. Smith, August 28, 1965. Children: Alyson Elizabeth, Sarah Margaret, Kathleen Erin.
    • father: Dorsey L. Murphy
    • mother: Beatrice M. (McCauley) Murphy
    • spouse: Judith A. Smith
    • children: Alyson Elizabeth Murphy
    • Sarah Margaret Murphy
    • Kathleen Erin Murphy
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    • 1959
      Marshall University
    • 1962
      University Iowa
    • 1957 - 1959
      Assistant, director information services Marshall University
      Huntington, West Virginia, United States
    • 1959 - 1961
      director, public information Monticello College
      Alton, Illinois, United States
    • 1962 - 1972
      director, public Lehigh University
      Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
    • 1972 - 1981
      program officer, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
      Princeton, New Jersey, United States
    • 1981
      executive, director The Flinn Foundation
      Phoenix, Arizona, United States