YORKTOWN, VA - Harold "Hal" Noyes Murrow, a long-time resident of Yorktown, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013 of heart and lung complications following open heart surgery. He was born on December 17, 1929 in Altoona, Iowa and was the eldest child of Harry and Marjorie Murrow. In 1953, he married Jean Ann Short in Hiland Park Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa. From an early age Hal was fascinated by airplanes and aerodynamics. This interest resulted in a 40 year career with NASA. One of his many accomplishments included heading the group that designed the parachute that landed the successful Viking Mars Project in the late 1970s. Over the years, he was presented with a variety of awards from NASA and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Harold loved to travel! When his children were still young and living at home, the family would often travel during summer vacations. The family embarked on cross country road trips to Alaska and Mexico as well as many family reunions in Iowa. In later years, Hal and Jean traveled together to every continent on the globe, with the exception of Antarctica. He loved most sports, including basketball, football, tennis and especially baseball. He played baseball in his early years and enjoyed participating as his grandsons played ball from, little league to high school. Hal and Jean rarely missed a game, and traveled with them to ball fields up and down the east coast. Hal continued to play tennis on the Marlbank tennis courts up until last year. Harold was an active member of Yorkminster Presbyterian Church where he was a former deacon. Both Hal and Jean served as volunteers at the Bargain Box Thrift Store as well as driving Meals on Wheels. His activity with the York County Volunteer Association spanned over forty years. Harold is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Jean; his daughter Cyndy and her husband Troy Dudley of Norfolk, Va; his daughter Nancy and her husband Richard Dean of Herndon, Va; his son, Douglas Murrow of Newport News, Va.; three grandchildren: Hannah and her husband Brandon Scott, Jonathan Murrow and Daniel Murrow; one great-granddaughter, Ava Grace Scott; his sister Marilyn Sneller of Des Moines, Iowa; his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Jean Murrow of Rockaway Beach, Missouri; his sister and brother-in-law, Marjoy and Irvine Knight of Des Moines, Iowa and many loving nieces and nephews. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:00 am at Yorkminster Presbyterian Church in Grafton, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Meals on Wheels. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton.
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Published in Daily Press on Apr. 15, 2013