Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Stanford University, 1950. Postgrad, University Southern California, 1953.
Engineer Signal Oil & Gas Company, California, 1950—1954, Texas, 1950—1954. Chief engineer Ambassador Oil Corporation, 1954—1957, New Mexico, 1954—1957. Owner, producer various oil & gas consultant Texas, since 1957, New Mexico, since 1957.
Lecturer University New Mexico, Albuquerque, 1975—1976. Chairman, chief executive officer Murphy Energy Corporation, Roswell, since 1982. Chairman petroleum investment committee Stanford University, California, since 1980, member special committee earth science, since 1981.
National board directors Americans Change, Washington, 1982. Colonel, chief staff New Mexico State Defense Force, since 1979. Board directors New Mexico State University Foundation, since 1983.
Served as air cadet United States Army Air Force, 1944-1946, served to lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1950-1961.
Campaign Stanford citation Stanford University, 1972—1977. Citation Outward Bound, 1978. Participant Sioux sundance Rosebud Reservation, 1981.
Member of American Institute of Mining (25-year member award), Defense Orientation Conference Association, American Mensa Ltd., New Mexico Amigos, Military Order World Wars, National Eagle Scout Association, New Mexico Oil & Gas Association (executive committee 1973), Indiana Petroleum Association New Mexico (sponser 1979), American Association Petroleum Landmen (associate), American Association Petroleum Geologists (associate), American Rifle Association (life).
Married Martha Ruth Redding Murphy, March 21, 1949. Children: Laura Murphy Puntch, Ann, Mark, Matthew.