Wayne Keller Murphey Sr.

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Wayne Keller Murphey, Sr. September 27, 1927 December 11, 2013 Wayne Keller Murphey Sr., 86, a 31-year resident of Annapolis and previously of College Station, Texas, died December 11, 2013 at AAMC of lung cancer. Born September 27, 1927 in Glenolden, PA, he grew up in Folcroft, PA. He received a BS from The Pennsylvania State College in 1952, an MF in 1953 from The Pennsylvania State College, and received a PhD from the University of Michigan in 1961. He was an AD 2C, Naval Aviation TTC in Memphis, TN and NATTC in Norman OK, before serving from September 1, 1945 to September 3, 1948 in the Pacific Theater. He received the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Wayne worked as a Forest Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service in Walla Walla, WA in the summers of 1949 and 1951; for Koppers Company in Orrville, OH from 1953 - 1955; Ohio State Experiment Station in Wooster, OH from 1955 - 1960; The Pennsylvania State University as Professor and Associate Director at the School of Forest Resources from 1960 - 1978; Head of Forestry Department at Texas A&M University from 1978 - 1981; and, Forest Science Technologist of Co-operative States Research Service at USDA from 1981 - 1995. His memberships included St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, State College, PA; Tau Phi Delta, Social Fraternity and Sigma Xi, Scientific Fraternity; various offices in Forest Products Research Society; and, Maryland Forestry Board. Wayne co-authored the book, Wood as an Industrial Arts Material. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Married June 21, 1952, he is survived by his wife, Kathryne Owen Murphey; his sons, Wayne Keller Murphey Jr. of Las Vegas, NV and John Kenneth Murphey of Reno, NV; his daughters, Kathryne Owen Murphey of New Orleans, LA, Elizabeth Murphey Thompson of Slippery Rock, PA, and Jane Murphey McInerney of Harrisburg, PA; ten grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Memorial donations can be made to the . Arrangements by John M. Taylor Funeral Home.

Published in Centre Daily Times on Dec. 19, 2013
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