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Emmett Robert Murphy ’45

Published in Apr. 7, 1999, issue

Emmett Murphy died Dec. 1, 1998, following a brief illness and hospital stay.

Em attended Lawrenceville and then Notre Dame, transferring to Princeton at the start of his sophomore year. He left Princeton for service with the Navy in the Pacific theater, serving on a destroyer. After the war, he married the former Lila Stanley Sullivan, a graduate of Connecticut College for Women, and they had three children. They lived in Riverside, Conn., where Em was a member of the Riverside Yacht Club. He was a lifelong lover of opera, classics, astronomy, and sailing. In 1983 he won a silver tray as a proud member of a New York Yacht Club team which defeated the Royal Thames Yacht Club in a contest at Rye, N.Y.

Emmett's business career was in life insurance, working in Manhattan, where he lived in his later years and in retirement, and was a mainstay in organizing class activities at the Princeton Club, where he hosted weekly luncheons. Emmett is remembered and will be missed by his longtime companion Theresa Comer and by his children, Brian, Christopher, and Tom, to all of whom the class extends sympathy.

The Class of 1945

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