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December 08, 2012
TO the Murray Family,
Iam so late in offering my condolence.
Please fogive me. My ninety years years surely have slowed me down.
I feel privileged to have been present at Dr. Murray's funeral.
It was a tribute he truly deserved .

I served as Clinical Nurse in the Division OF Plastic Surgery at the Brigham under Dr Murray's leadership.
It was an honor.We all know he was a gifted surgeon. However ,the kindness and consideration with which he treated his patients was very, very special. I am thankful to have had the privilege.



With Sincere Sympathy,

Catherine (KAY) Peiffer

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December 08, 2012
I was a 17 year old patient of Dr. Murray in 1968. It was with my parents love and insight and Dr. Murray's skill and compassionate care my life was changed forever after Dr. Murray performed a new surgical procedure on my jaw.
It was complicated and there were times Dr. Murray met me for a weekend appointment at Wellesley hospital as I was a college student living a distance away. He was my strength and my hero always. I felt so very proud to have been his patient over the years while reading of his many accomplishments. I wrote him a letter and he remembered clearly who I was and wrote back a letter that once again reflected the compassionate man that he was.
This past Thanksgiving weekend my daughter was visiting and reminded me of the man I had told her about years before who helped me find the gift of self confidence after my surgery.
I decided to write him a note as I knew he must be getting on in years to once again thank him for his gift. I felt so deeply saddened to read that he had just passed. I am so very sorry.
So I write this note not to my beloved Doctor Murray but to his family to say thank you.
May the Lord bless you all and may all your precious memories carry you through at this very sad time. He will always be loved.
December 05, 2012
Dr. Murray, I would not be here today if it were not for you. My life came after my father's transplant in 1963. I was born in 1970. Thank you for my life and the life of my children and the future generations to come.
Pam Knight, daughter of Don Messinger
December 05, 2012
So sorry for the loss of MR.MURRAY,my sincere sympathy to you.(matt.5:9) let's us know that "Happy are the peaceable,since they wii be called sons of God."......~
December 05, 2012
Like an "Intellectual Tide",Dr.Murray lifted all "Boats".These "Boats" now stand on his broad shoulders.
December 02, 2012
There are individuals who enrich peoples's lives and leave the world a far better place because of their dedication, willingness to reach beyond the standard and brilliance to envision the future. Dr Joseph Murray was a man who left humanity and all those he touched better off, because of his far reaching talents, brilliant mind and deep compassion. May we have the fortune to see more like him.
December 02, 2012
december 1 Condolence and High School baseball together,as wells as some tennis.Joe was a great first baseman,and a good friend ,and I was not surprised by his later accomplishments. Frnk Berry M.D. Los Altos,Ca
December 02, 2012
I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of this brilliant man who was as kind, compassionate and humble as he was smart. I had my first transplant at the old Peter Bent Brigham and my second one in 2002. His genius allowed me to become a mother and a grandmother. My husband and my daughters will be eternally grateful to him. Our deepest sympathies to all of you.
November 30, 2012
Tom and family, So sorry to hear of your loss. What a tremendous life and legacy to carry on. God Bless, Duncan Ross
November 30, 2012
I'm so thankful for his willingness to do transplant operations for I'm a wife of a kidney pancreas patient of 15 yrs and he is the love of my life. I'm so sorry at this time for your family and know he passed after doing many good deeds. God bless your family.
November 30, 2012
There's a hole in the world today! A large hole left by the passing of Doctor Murray.We who had the privilege of knowing this extraordinary person shall miss his ever present positive attitude and sunny disposition. It seems he never had a" bad day".
We're sure that God has a special place reserved for one of his most special humans while we are left with the pleasant memories of having known him. It's small consolation for the hole in our world he leaves.
November 30, 2012
Rest in a PEACE well earned and richly deserved.
November 30, 2012
Dr Murray was my doctor when I was just a little girl..He was so kind and tenderhearted, I never felt afraid. I had a recurring hematoma, followed by several procedures for skin grafting. My last procedure was when I was 16. I wrote him a letter as an adult to express my gratitude and affection. He was one of my childhood hero's. I am sure we will all see him again in a better, happier place called heaven. I am sorry for your loss, those closest to him. He accomplished and fulfilled his purpose here. I feel blessed that he took care of me.
November 30, 2012
Hello to the Murray family. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I have such fond memories of playing together in our neighborhood when we were growing up. My condolences to all.
November 29, 2012
It is with profound gratitude I say "Thanks Dr. Joe Murray for what you gave to me and my four children. You gave me my husband who was then 29 yrs. old in l963 thirty-two added years of life. He was able to see his children grow up. You were not only a fine surgeon you were also a friend and mentor to our family. Farewell fine man. We will never forget."
November 29, 2012
The life Dr. Murray lived was truly ordained! He made life better for so many. I thank him for opening the doors for transplantation!
November 29, 2012
I worked for a short time at Children's Hospital during the 1980s and came to know of Dr. Murray's marvelous work with young patients. The wonders he performed are far beyond my poor powers to describe. Countless lives have been saved or made better by Dr. Joseph Murray. He has certainly already heard the Lord's greeting, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” My condolences to my former Boston Globe colleague Meg and the entire Murray family.
November 29, 2012
Joe Murray was a compassionate Renaissance physician. His work benefited many thousands of patients, yet he had no arrogance, bravado or false pride about it. He constantly acknowledged and credited his partner Bobbi who, with wisdom and love, kept him grounded and oriented towards his life's ambition.
He was also a gentleman who treated everyone whether patient, colleague or shopkeeper with kindness and courtesy. He literally "walked with kings nor lost the common touch.
He was not just a physician, he was a Catholic physician, a loyal member and staunch supporter of the Guild of St. Luke of Catholic Physicians in the Boston Archdiocese.
Those of us honored to have known him and to have worked with him will see that his legacy does not die with him as he will be a paradigm for virtue for physicians of the future.
November 29, 2012
To The Murray Family

I did not know Dr. Murray but what an incredible talent he had to transplant organs and to give individual an opportunity to lived longer. Isaiah 33: 24 tells us “No resident will say I am sick.” in the near future we will not have to face sickness anymore. Nevertheless Dr. Murray's talent was incredible.
November 29, 2012
What can we say now that Dr. Murray has left us?
He was more than a Nobel laureate, he was our sons lifeline for many years, living longer than expected because of the great humanity of this skillfull and honorable surgeon. He fought for our sons life, only to lose him at the age of seventeen.
Now heartbroken, he helped our family, and we are lucky to have called him 'friend' throughout the last thirty years. Godspeed, Dr. Murray, you very best of men.
The Wint family, Colorado.
November 29, 2012
Rest in Eternal Peace, Dr.Murray. You have truly been such an inspiration and blessing to so many while you were on this Earth.
In deepest sympathy, Penny Valentine,Hingham,Mass.
November 28, 2012
November 28, 2012
The loss of Dr. Murray makes the world a lesser place.He took care of my son[a burn patient]he was always kind,gentle and caring about his patients needs whatever they were.We are honored and privileged to have known him.God bless his beautiful soul and his families
Sally Kettell Boston, Ma.
November 28, 2012
I was fortunate enough to meet Joe Murray a decade or more ago, coincident to publication of his autobiography, and subsequently have enjoyed and profited from his company on several occasions, including the centennial of the Nobel Prizes in Stockholm. His was a uniquely warm, welcoming, totally informed personality. A projection of his faith. He will be sorely missed by a multitude of friends and acquaintances. My condolences to Bobby and his extended family
November 28, 2012
Thank You, Dr. Murray, for your work in kidney transplantation. I am a pending kidney transplant patient, awaiting to receive a kidney from my sister. We grew up in Wellesley and all 4 of us attended Wellesley Senior High. I am now employed by the City of Las Vegas. My sister is employed by SAS Institute in Chapel Hill, NC. So very sorry for your loss, but you made great contributions to humanity while you were here. Rest In Peace. Robert M. Agnew, GISP.
November 28, 2012
Thank You for saving my dad, Stanley Williams with a kidney transplant. We are forever grateful!
November 28, 2012
Thank you for persevering to make transplants work. My daughter is a heart transplant recipient and we owe the world to Dr. Murray's dedication, creativity and compassion. His legacy will live on in all current and future transplant patients. Thank you.
November 28, 2012
My heartfelt condolences in these difficult times. Hos teachings will be with me forever Sincerely Stefan Preuss M.D.
November 28, 2012
Cleft Repair on me 1953, CHMC. My mother loved him!! Me too!!!
November 28, 2012
While I never met Dr. Murray, his work with living donor transplants allowed my brother to donte a kidney to me 8 years ago. I am so grateful for his life, and his lifelong dedication to his work. Thank you Dr. Murrary. Rest in a well earned peace.
November 28, 2012
an American Hero

God Bless you
November 28, 2012
Dr Murray was my Surgeon at Childen's Hospital many years ago for Facial Cranial Clinic with Dr Swanson can't say enough great things about those two Dr's . RIP Dr.Murray
November 28, 2012
The Messing Family sends their sincere condolences to The Murray Family on the loss of your dear father.
November 28, 2012
My sincere condolences to the Murray Family. Dr. Murray certainly had the vision and toughness to continue his work in transplants that do so much for many. He will certainly be missed. May the Creator the God of all comfort be a help readily to be found during this time. Psalm 46:1
November 28, 2012
Sincere condolences to Dr. Joseph. Murry family. "The living are couscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all.' Eccl. 9:5.
November 28, 2012
Dr. Murray and family, thank you for such a service. I was over taken by your story that you always gave thanks to your creator every day first thing, HE never forsakes us, even in death. HE gifted you so much with a talent that you could be a servant for HIS people here on this earth...I don't know you or your family but I salute you and thank you...now it is your time to just rest and enjoy the KING....God Bless the family and that HE comforts you..and gives you peace....he will be just fine now..........
Just someone that cares...
"Dottie"
November 27, 2012
I had the pleasure to work as a nurse with Dr Murray at BWH. He showed much respect to RNs and had great concerns for his patients even after he had returned to Children's Hospital
November 27, 2012
He is in Heaven now.Thank You Dr.Murray.
November 27, 2012
June 13, 1958 Dr. Murray led the team that performed the transplant on Henry and James Ray. Identical twins originally from NC, but living in Milwaukee. This was the 8th kidney transplant. My father (James) lived for 5 years, married, and had me in 1960. Without the vision, courage, and wisdom the good Lord gave him, partnered with the willingness of my Uncle Henry, my father would not have survived beyond 1958. He was on his deathbed when they arrived in Boston. [Uncle] Henry Ray, his family, James Michael (my son), my Mother, and I had the incredible opportunity to return to Boston for the 50th anniversary of that transplant. We enjoyed meeting and spending time with this wonderful man [Dr. Murray],his beautiful wife, and lovely daughter. Memories of that trip will live on in us all. Because if this talented, brave, and Godly man - there are two more generations to celebrate life. (me and my son James Michael)
My deepest sympathies to the Murray family.

Beverly Ray Walton-Weber, Raleigh, NC
November 27, 2012
I am so grateful for the work and dedication of Dr. Murray. I received a kidney from my brother in 2001, and it has never had any type of rejection. That is a miracle of God.
Our prayers are with the family during this time. May God bless you with His peace that passes all understanding.
November 27, 2012
Dr. Murray was a precious man. I am the granddaughter of Edith Helm, one of Dr. Murray's earliest transplant patients. If it were not for his extraordinary work, my grandma would not have been able to live the life that she did and her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids would not be here. Thank you, Dr. Murray, for all that you did for this world. You will be greatly missed!
November 27, 2012
I never had the pleasure of knowing Dr Murray, but my parents spoke very highly of him - he and my father were college roommates at Holy Cross! My mother was in a horrible car accident when I was a baby and he performed extensive plastic surgery on her face. What an incredible legacy he has left behind! Thank-you, Dr Murray
November 27, 2012
Dr Murray was a great doctor and person. He operated on my daughter several times for tumors. He never got tired of answering all my questions. He always had time for us and he was always kind and thoughful. Kim was only 7 years old when he performed the first operation. She is now 50 and still remembers him as a very special person in her life. Thank god for people like him.
November 27, 2012
As a transplant recipient, I am so grateful for Dr. Murray's passion and vision and his many accomplishments
November 27, 2012
Dr. Murray performed two kidney transplants on my mother, Marjorie Johnson in 1965 and in 1967. She lived 7 years. I am eternally grateful for that time. He was a compassionate and wonderful man. Kimberly (Johnson) Davis Auburn, MA.
November 27, 2012
To the family of Dr. Murray. I want to thank him for his contribution to medical science. I am a kidney recipient and I would not have any kind of life now without his brilliant work. God bless you and family and please accept my sympathy for your loss.
November 27, 2012
Although I never met Dr Murray, I am so grateful for his pioneering work in organ transplantation. I am the third member of my family to undergo a successful kidney transplant. Thank you for your dedication to improving medicine and patient care.
November 27, 2012
Bobby and Ginny
I was so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. He is a hero for us all.
Fondly, Cynthia K
November 27, 2012
What an amazing man. How fortunate for us all that he chose the medical profession. He has left an amazing legacy.
November 27, 2012
To the Murray Family,
Dr. Murray was not only my doctor, he was a member of my family. He was always there for us. He saved my life when noone else could. We corresponded over the years and he will be missed very much. The Murray family was so fortunate to have a man like him. I will never forget him.
November 27, 2012
I met Dr. Murray during his daily walks along the Fuller Brook Path where I also navigated my scooter to exercise my late service dog. I never knew him to be the famous Nobel Laureate but as a kind man who took an interest in nature and my service dog. I will miss his humility and greetings along what is known as the Brook Path here in Wellesley. Godspeed Dr. Murray!
November 27, 2012
Dr. Murray was a special person. He was the most compassionate dr. That I've ever had. I owe him so much for all the work that he did on me. I never had to worry about any surgery as I knew that I was his most capable hands.
November 27, 2012
I am the father of a 14 year old girl who received a kidney transplant 8 years ago. If not for the accomplishments of Dr. Murray, who knows if my daughter would be here with us today. Thank you Dr. Murray for everything you've done for my family and so many others. You will not be forgotten.
November 27, 2012
Ginny and Family, So sorry to hear of Dr. Murray's passing. It was a pleasure and an honor to have had met him on Chappy, also to have had dinner and attended Mass with him that same weekend. Harry and I enjoyed being with Dr. Murray and your Mom. He was a wonderful humanitarian, father, grandfather and friend. Bless you all, Harry & Pat Aaron, Westwood, Ma.
November 27, 2012
In 1979 at the age of 21 I was in an auto accident where I crushed every bone in my face. Dr. Murray and the Cranio Facial Clinic performed a surgery lasting 23 hours to put my face back together. along with clinic visits and further surgery I got to know Dr. Murray. He was a very kind, gentile, unassuming man who always put his patients first. I will be forever in his debt. I graduated college have, to sons and a career thanks to him and his unselflish work. God Bless Him and his family and may his family know just how many lives he has touched
Thank You for supporting him
I know he made an immense difference in my and my families life
November 27, 2012
Dr. Murray was my beloved "Uncle Joey", my late Dad`s brother; he was a great man and humanitarian; his life was fulfulling in love and service to his family and fellow man; may he now rest in peace for the ages.
November 27, 2012
dr murray gave me a new life.I knew him as a plastic surgeon who reconstructed my face. I suffered with crouzons syndrome. raises in a poverty stricken single parent home. I will be forever grateful for his ingenious mind and compasion. My sincere condolences to the family and the word for the loss of this wonderful man.
November 27, 2012
I received a transplant performed by Dr. Murray in 1964. I was fourteen years old at the time. I'm now 62 years old. I've always thanked Dr. Murray and prayed for him. He was an exeptional physician. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time. God Bless You.
With Deepest Sympathy and Gratitude
MaryEllen Lynch
Tucson, AZ
November 27, 2012
I had the privilege of being Dr. Murray's personal fitness trainer after his retirement. Besides his brilliance, he was a wonderful human being - a rare combination - and will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Bobby and the rest of his family.
Leonie Bronwyn Foy
November 27, 2012
My deepest condolences to the Murray family. May God give you comfort in your time of grief.
Jem. Florida
November 27, 2012
A wonderful human being who contributed in countless ways the fields of surgery and transplantation. We will not forget you. Dr. S, Baltimore, MD
November 27, 2012
Thanks for what you were able to do to help so many who never met you. To your family, may God keep you in his care. With deepest sympathy and prayers.
November 27, 2012
John and I will be thinking of the Murray clan this week and send our love and prayers.
November 27, 2012
I had my kidney transplant 6 years ago. Thank you for what you have done for me and others. Because of you I have my life back. May God bless you and your family. You are my hero.
November 27, 2012
To the Family of Dr. Murray,

"May the God who gives peace be with all of you."
(Romans 15:33)

Sorry for your loss.
November 27, 2012
The book "Beyond Recognition" highlights many of Dr. Murray's accomplishments. ("Camel Red" with 52 photographs added). Millions will live longer lives because of his contributions to the field of medicine. He was a great physician, a fine man, a bright spirit and inspiration to us all. We will miss him dearly.
November 27, 2012
Many of his accomplishments were highlighted in the book "Beyond Recognition" ("Camel Red" w/ 52 photographs) Millions of lives will be saved because of the work of this outstanding contributor to the field of medicine. Dr. Murray was a fine man as well as a great physician.
November 27, 2012
God bless you and your family. I had my kidney transplant back in 1974 at C.H.M.C. Thank You for giving me my new life. You will be missed.
November 27, 2012
I first met Dr Murray and his two siblings when their mother was honored in the Massachusetts Senate in the early 1970s for her 50-year membership on the Democratic State Committee. He was fine man as well as a very gifted surgeon. The painting which greets visitors to the Countway Library at Harvard Medical School is an exciting reminder of that first kidney transplant surgery 58 years ago.
November 27, 2012
Dr. Murray performed reconstructive surgery on me. He was a wonderful, compassionate man. RIP, Doctor Murray. Kathy (MA)
November 27, 2012
Dr. Murray changed many people's lives for the better through his surgery, and his legacy will continue through the surgical residents he trained and the students he influenced. I was one of those students who spent time with Dr. Murray for parts of two years 1978-1980 observing his complex operations at the Children's Hospital with the assistance of Dr. Mulliken and Dr. Kaban. This singular influence allowed me to pursue a Head and Neck surgical career without any doubt or second guess. I attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the kindey transplant at harvard Med school and was indeed please to see the Nobel Prize awarded to a man whose work saved countless people. My prayers to the entire Murray family and a confirmation that his legacy will be timeless.
November 27, 2012
His work lives on! My brother, a father of 3, received one of my kidneys. A thank you and best wishes to the entire Murray family.
November 27, 2012
To Dr. Murray's family
I am sorry to hear of Dr Murray's passing but have to say Thank you from the bottom of my heart for his work in Kidney Transplantation. If it where not for Dr. Murray I would not be here today. So as we mourn the passing of such a great man, we must remember all the good he did. He will be dearly missed by all of us who have received Kidney transplants.
November 27, 2012
I was patient of Dr. Murray's for many years through my childhood. I was always happy to see him and he always seemed happy to see me. Like my parents he always encouraged me to do anything I wanted and not let my surgeries hold me back. He had a major influence on who I am today. I will not forget that.
November 27, 2012
This sad occasion of Dr. "Joeshp" Murray's departure brings back fond memories. I wish Dr. Murray's daughter, Virginia, and all her family and friends comfort and peace in this time of grief. Tom Ripley
November 27, 2012
If not for Dr. Murray's pioneering work with kidney transplants, I would not be the long term beneficiary of such a transplant for 26 years.
I am so grateful for this gift of life and will always honor Dr. Murray's memory. He was truly a great man and has enabled many to live healthy, productive lives.
Rest in peace, Doctor.
Blessings to the Murray family and my
condolences.
Johanna Freeth
Kidney transplant recipient, 9/9/1986.
Boston, Massachusetts
November 27, 2012
With Deepest Sympathy
November 27, 2012
November 27, 2012
Thank you for your courage and determination to alleviate human suffering. RIP, Dr. Murray.
November 27, 2012
To the the family of Dr Joseph Murray - May God give you peace and comfort through his word and the Lord Jesus Christ during this time of sorrow, I know that he will be missed by many. Thank you for your life saving procedure for so many.
November 27, 2012
he/wasGOD,S/GIFT/TO/MAN
November 27, 2012
You were one of the greatest men I had ever met Dr. Murray, yet you had a humble, servants heart. God bless you, sir.
November 26, 2012
Dr. Murray's family.
Dr. Murray operated on me many times for reconstructive surgery during the 1970's and 1980's. Without his efforts, i would not be where i am today. RIP
November 26, 2012
RIP Dr. Murray.
November 26, 2012
Brian and Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss. He was a pioneer in a field that is near and dear to mine and my family hearts. It is an honor to say that I grew up in the same town.
Blessings to You and Yours,
The DiTomasso Family
November 26, 2012
Thank You Dr. Murray.

Cindy Bolton
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