Dedication of the
Portrait of
Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy (Ret.)

 October 9, 1997

3:30 p.m.
Court of Appeals Courtroom
Courts of Appeal Building
Annapolis, Maryland



 Welcome and Introduction

The Honorable Robert M. Bell
Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Acceptance of Portrait for the State

Matthew P. Lalumia, Esq.
Chairman, Maryland Commission on Artistic Property

Presentation of Plaque for
Courts of Appeal Building

Edward C. Papenfuse, Ph.D.
Maryland State Archivist

 Presentation of the Paul C. Reardon Award

James D. Thomas
Vice President, National Center for States Courts
Courts Services Division

 Unveiling of Portrait


Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy (Ret.)


Program Notes


Chief Judge Robert C. Murphy (Ret.)

The Honorable Robert C. Murphy retired as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland in October 1996 after a long and distinguished career of service to the state of Maryland. A native of Baltimore, he attended Forest Park High School and, after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1944-46, graduated from the University of Maryland. In 1951, he received his LL.B. from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1952.

 After serving for two years as law clerk to Judge William P. Cole, Jr. and two years as Counsel to the University of Maryland, Judge Murphy joined the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, where he served for 10 years as Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General. In 1966, he was appointed Attorney General of Maryland and, in 1967, he was appointed Chief Judge, Court of Special Appeals. In 1972, he was appointed Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. He was Chairman of the Hall of Records Commission, 1972-96 and Chair of the Commission on Judicial Disabilities from 1971-72. Judge Murphy was elected president of the Conference of Chief Justices in 1986-87 and was Chair of the National Center for State Courts during that period. He is a past recipient of the National Centerís Distinguished Service Award (1988). Since 1987, he has been Chairman of the Commission on Trial Court Performance Standards organized under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for State Courts.

 Judge Murphy is married to Helen Theresa Murphy and they have three children and five grandchildren.


The Paul C. Reardon Award

The Paul C. Reardon Award is named for the late Massachusetts Supreme Court Justice, Paul C. Reardon, who was the first president of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. The Reardon Award honors an individual who has distinguished herself or himself by working to further the goals and mission of the National Center for State Courts.

Cedric Baldwin Egeli

Cedric Egeli is a member of a distinguished Maryland family of portrait painters. He studied at the Art Students League of New York and with Henry Hensche at the Cape Cod School of Art. His portraits are included in the collections of the Pentagon, Duke and Brandeis Universities, and Mount Sinai and Johns Hopkins Hospitals. Mr. Egeli is an Exceptional Member of the American Portrait Society and has served as a faculty member of the National Portrait Seminar, as well as at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. He conducts popular seminars at his homes in Maryland and on Cape Cod.



Prepared by the Maryland Commission on Artistic Property of the
Maryland State Archives, with the assistance of Julie Andrews
Portrait of Robert C. Murphy MSA SC 1545- 2949

Photograph by Joanette Egeli




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