Patrick Vincent Murphy Sr.

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Patrick Vincent Murphy, Sr., 91, of Wilmington, formerly of New York City, died Friday, December 16, 2011, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Patrick was born May 15, 1920 in Brooklyn, NY, son of the late Patrick Andrew Murphy and Helen Jones Murphy. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Martha "Betty" Cameron Murphy; eight children, Sally E. Kelley and husband, Thomas, of Jacksonville, FL, Patrick Vincent Murphy, Jr. and wife, Jean, of Drayden, MD, Eileen M. Karam and husband, Bernard, and Anne M. Zabriskie and husband, Drew, both of Wilmington, NC, Kevin C. Murphy and wife, Virginia, of Fayetteville, NY, Gerard R. Murphy and wife, Jeanne, of Ellicott City, MD, Paul J. Murphy and wife, Sally, of Detroit, MI, and Mark F. Murphy and wife, Nancy, of Westwood, MA; twenty-one grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sheila Barry and Mary Murphy, both of Florida; sister-in-law, Marsha Hirschman of Jacksonville, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

Pat began his career as a patrolman in NYPD and rose through the ranks to serve as Police Commissioner in New York City. He also held top police positions in Detroit, M.I., Washington, D.C., and Syracuse, N.Y. In addition, he served as president of the Police Foundation and was instrumental in the founding of the Police Executive Research Forum. Over a career in policing that spanned six decades, he was known as one of the leading advocates of professionalism and reform in policing, particularly in the areas of improving race relations, reducing use of force, and preventing corruption. Pat also held a key position in the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Law Enforcement Assistance during the 1960s. He was a Navy pilot during World War II. Police chiefs across the nation recognize Patrick V. Murphy as a giant in the field of policing, and agree that no one played a larger role in changing the landscape of policing for the better.

Pat's greatest joy was to share in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Nothing made him happier than soothing a crying child, tossing a ball in the backyard, or taking a walk with his grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday, December 20, 2011, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be 11:00am Wednesday, December 21, 2011, at St. Mark Catholic Church with Rev. Steven Carlson officiating. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or a .

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Andrews Market Street Chapel

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Published in the Wilmington Star-News from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2011
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