Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)


Robert C. Murphy (1926-2000)
MSA SC 3520-1525


Born in Baltimore, Maryland, October 9, 1926. Son of Leo Joseph Murphy and wife Eva LaFontaine.  Attended Forest Park High School, Baltimore, 1944.  University of Maryland; University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 1951.    Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Maryland (1973), University of Baltimore (1973), and Washington College (1993).   Admitted to the Maryland Bar, 1952.   Married Helen Theresa Murphy on August 14, 1954; three children:  Karen Jenson, Thomas Murphy, and Kathy Blue; six grandchildren:  Jonathan Jenson, Christian Jenson, Kate Murphy, Hannah Murphy, Robert Blue, and Caroline Blue.  Resided in Timonium.  Died October 31, 2000.

Served in U.S. Navy, 1944-46.  Law clerk to Judge William P. Cole, Jr., U.S. Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, Washington, D.C., 1951-52.  Counsel to the University of Maryland, two years.  Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of Maryland, 1956-66.  Attorney General of Maryland, 1966-67.  Honorary member of the Coif, 1972.  Chief Judge, Court of Special Appeals, 1967-72.  Member, Board of Trustees of the State Colleges, 1970-71.  Chair, Commission on Judicial Disabilities, 1971-72.  Chief Judge, Court of Appeals, 2nd Appellate Circuit, 1972-96.  Chair, Maryland Judicial Conference, 1972-96; Member, Judicial Compensation Committee.  Chair, Hall of Records Commission, 1972-96; Library Committee, State Law Library, 1972-96.  Member, Governor's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, 1972-82; Task Force on Crime, 1976.  Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Maryland, 1974.  Grand Marshal, St. Patrick's Day Parade of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, 1975.  Mayor's Citation, City of Baltimore, 1979.  Distinguished Marylander of the Year, Advertising Club of Baltimore, 1980.  Member, Maryland Heritage Committee, 1982-85; Maryland Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, 1982-87.  Member, Governing Board, Council of State Governments, 1986-96.  President, Conference of Chief Justices, 1986-87.  Chair, Board of Directors, National Center for State Courts, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1986-87.  Chair, Commission on Trial Court Performance Standards organized under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for State Courts, 1987-date unknown.  Member, Governor's Advisory Board for Justice Assistance, 1987-92.  Member, Maryland State Bar Association.  Chair and Member, Board of Trustees, University of Maryland Alumni Association International.  Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of Maryland, University of Baltimore, and Washington College.  Recipient of the National Center’s Distinguished Service Award, 1988, 1997.  Chair, Judicial Liaison Committee (with Department of Juvenile Services), 1990-96.  Rita C. Davidson Award, Women's Bar Association, 1992.  Distinguished Service Award, ABA Commission on Impaired Attorneys, 1994.  Speaker's Medallion, Maryland House of Delegates, 1996.  First Citizen Award, Maryland Senate, 1996.  Honoree, Maryland State Bar Association Luncheon, 1996.  Member, Maryland Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy, 1996.  Governor's Citation, for service as chairman on the Hall of Records Commission, 1996.  Building Dedication, Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building, Annapolis, 1996.  Paul C. Reardon Award, National Center for State Courts, 1997.  Professionalism Award for the United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, American Inns of Court Foundation, 1997.

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