SHORT, Murray Malcolm May 24, 2013. Born in Louisville, Kentucky on December 1, 1930 to Bishop and Mrs. Roy Short, Murray spent his childhood in parsonages throughout Kentucky in Louisville, Greenville, and Elizabethtown. The Shorts moved to Nashville in 1944. Murray graduated from Peabody Demonstration School in 1948 and from Emory University in 1952. After serving in the Air Force and working as a travel agent in Miami, Florida, Murray returned to Nashville for post graduate study at Peabody College for Teachers. Murray became a pioneer in Nashville Educational Television hosting a show on WNPT in the early 1960s. He eventually made Bloomington, Illinois his home. Murray spent the majority of his career at the Thomas Metcalf School associated with Illinois State University College of Education. He was honored as an Outstanding American Educator and enjoyed his associations with colleagues and students until his retirement. Murray spent most of his retirement in Bradenton, Florida. Murray was a world traveler, a collector, and a lifelong seeker of knowledge. He was a very outgoing person who made friends all over the world. His playful sense of humor was an outstanding trait that kept his nieces and nephews laughing. Murray's last months were spent at McKendree Towers in Hermitage, TN. Though his health was failing he never lost his warmth and kindness. Murray is survived by his mother, Louise Short, Hermitage, TN; two brothers, Hunter B. Short, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Riley P. Short, Lakeland, FL; five nieces, two nephews and 16 grandnieces and nephews. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to Fran Fornof for her tender care of Murray in recent months. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday May 27th, 4 p.m. at McKendree Village chapel, 4343 Lebanon Pike, Hermitage, TN. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY. Murray's laugh and his many endearing eccentricities will never be forgotten by those who loved him.
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Published in The Tennessean on May 26, 2013