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Elizabeth Davis Reid Murray, American Writer, lecturer ( art: literature, Self-emp.)writer, lecturer.

Background

Murray, Elizabeth Davis Reid was born on June 10, 1925 in Wadesboro, North Carolina, United States. Daughter of James Matheson and Mary Kennedy (Little) Davis.

Education

AB cum laude, Meredith College, 1946. Postgraduate, North Carolina State University, 1967—1968. Postgraduate, North Carolina State University, 1974—1975.

Master of Arts, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, 1968.

Career

June 1972); children: Michael Ernest, Nancy Kennedy Reid Baker, James William. Married Raymond L. Murray, May 12, 1979. Stepchildren: Stephen, Ilah Murray Garton, Marshall.

Continuity writer Station WPTF, Raleigh, 1946-1947. Program manager, women's commentator Station WADE, Wadesboro, 1947-1948. Director news bureau Meredith College, 1948-1951.

State woman's news editor, columnist Raleigh News and Observer, 1951-1952. Executive secretary Governor's Coordinating Committee on Aging, 1959-1961. Research assistant to Doctor Clarence Poe, Raleigh, 1963-1964.

Contributing editor Raleigh Magazine, 1969-1972, contributor articles Handbook of North Carolina History, 1996. Local history correspondent Raleigh Times, News and Observer, Spectator of Raleigh. Lecturer art and local history.

Teacher Wake history Wake Technology College, Wake public schools and libraries. Research consultant Wake County Public.Libraries, Mordecai Historic Park, State Visitor Center, Executive Mansion. Resource person Wake Public Schools.

Director Capital County Public Company. Writer; books include: From Raleigh's Past (certified of commendation American Association State and Local History), 1965. Wake: Capital County of North Carolina, volunteer 1, 1983 (William Polk Peace award for best book on North Carolina history 1983).

Editor, compiler: North Carolina's Older Population: Opportunities and Challenges, 1960. Editor, contributor Wake County History Society newsletter, 1965-1969. History of Raleigh Fire Department, 1970.

Guest editor Raleigh Magazine Wake County Bicentennial Issue, 1971. Author, photographer filmstrip for Wake Public Schools, 1971. Author section Windows of the Way, 1964.

American arts slide lectures for public library. Author instructional materials State Executive Mansion and Mordecai History Park docents. Author monthly history page Raleigh Magazine, 1969-1972.

Contributor biographical sketches Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, 1979. Contributor to newspapersand mags.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: From Raleigh's Past (Certified of Commendation American Association State and Local History), 1965, Wake: Capital County of North Carolina, volunteer 1, 1983 (William Polk Peace award for best book on North Carolina history 1983), co-author: (with K. Todd Johnson and Elizabeth Reid Murray), Wake: Capital County of North Carolina, volunteer 2, 2008. Editor, compilor: North Carolina's Older Population: Opportunities and Challenges, 1960. Editor, contributor Wake County History Society newsletter, 1965-1969, History of Raleigh Fire Department, 1970.

      Guest editor: Raleigh Magazine Wake County Bicentennial Issues, 1971. Author, photographer filmstrip for Wake Public Schools, 1971. Author section Windows of the Way, 1964.

      Author instruction materials State Executive Mansion and Mordecai History Park docents. Contributor articles to local newspaper and magazines. Biographies in DNCB.

      Chapters to books.

Membership

Active Tryon Palace Commission, 1967-1978, Raleigh History Sites Commission, 1969-1973, Raleigh City Council, 1973, Meredith Board Associates, 1976-1979, Meredith Heritage Society. History and archives advisory committee Meredith College, 1995. President Junior Woman's Club, 1956-1957.

Organizing president Arts Council Raleigh. Executive committee North Carolina Humanities Foundation, 1974-1976. Director, officer North Carolinians for Better Libraries, 1965-1969.

Trustee Public Libraries, 1956-1967, Meredith College, 1966-1969. President Wake Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, 1962-1963. Trustee Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1975-1978, chairman, 1977-1978, deacon.

Chairman Mayor's Committee to Preserve History Objects, 1965-1980. Advisory committee WUNC-FM, 1976-1980, North Carolina Art Society. Visiting lecturer North Carolina Museum History Associates, 1980.

Docent, lecturer North Carolina Executive Mansion, Mordecai History Park, North Carolina Museum Art, 1957-1989, docent emeritus, since 1989. Board directors Raleigh-Wake County Symphony Orchestra Development Association, 1979-1983, Estey Hall Foundation, 1980-1989, Friends of Meredith Library., 1980-1983. Advisory board Raleigh City Museum, task force on local history, 1984-2006.

Building advisory committee local history Wake County Public Library. Extensive local history research housed as Elizabeth Reid Murray Collection, Olivia Raney Local History Librarh, Raleigh. Committee 100 to establish Children's Museum About World, Marbles Kids Museum.

Member N. Caroliniana Society, North Carolina Society County and Local Historians (life), North Carolina Literature and History Association, Apex History Society (charter), Yates Mill. Associates, Inc. (charter), North Carolina Art Society (Distinguished Service citation 1979), Friends North Carolina State University Library., Friends of Carlyle Campbell Library. (charter, life), Wake County Genealogical Society, Friends of North Carolina Archives (life), Kappa Nu Sigma.

Connections

Married James William Reid, February 7, 1948 (deceased June 1972). Children: Michael Ernest, Nancy Kennedy Reid Baker, James William Junior. Married Raymond L. Murray, May 12, 1979.

Stepchildren: Stephen, Ilah Murray Garton, Marshall.

father:
James Matheson Davis

mother:
Mary Kennedy (Little) Davis

spouses:
James William Reid

Raymond L. Murray

children:
Michael Ernest Murray

Nancy Kennedy Reid Baker Murray

James William Junior Murray

Stephen Murray

Ilah Murray Garton Murray

Marshall Murray