Richard Murphy (Brother Tobias), a member of the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier for 64 years, died April 4, 2017. He was 82.
Brother Tobias graduated from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1958 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Notre Dame in 1967, and earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology from Princeton in 1972. Spending much time in Princeton, he was involved in research at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he was an adjunct professor.
He directed many international projects in such countries as Bangladesh, Turkey, Yemen, Jordan, Morocco, and Tunisia. With ETS, he reviewed Sesame Street research and worked on planning the 20th-anniversary symposium for the Children’s Television Workshop.
In 1994, Brother Tobias was elected provincial superior for the American Central Province of Xaverian Brothers in Baltimore. He was appointed community director of Xaverian House in Danvers, Mass., in 2008, and retired from there in 2012.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
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