Charles Murphy

  • "Rest in peace Ted, my old friend from school. What a career..."
    - Joe Assalone
  • "I worked for Ted in New York in the late 1990s - he was a..."
    - Jane O'Donnell
  • "Dear Family of Charles Murphy, We were saddened to learn of..."
  • "Ted, You left us too soon but you'll be in our hearts..."
    - Mary G. Murphy


"TED" 52, manager of digital archival resources, died April 5,

at home in Cambridge,

Massachusetts after a brief illness.

He was born March 10, 1958 in Providence, the younger child, of Charles E. and Mary Grace (Carroll) Murphy. He graduated from Bishop Hendricken High School in 1976.

A Trustee Scholar at Boston University, he earned joint baccalaureates, magna cum laude, in English and History in 1980. He started archival training as a BU undergrad. After graduation he became exhibit coordinator and junior archivist and assisted Taylor Branch in research for the Pulitzer Prize winning Studies of Civil Rights Movement, becoming deeply versed in BU's collection of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers.

In 1984, he earned MBA from BU in marketing and finance and moved to Manhattan, his home for over two decades. He worked for American Theatre Wing; The Foundation Center; Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives:The 1960's writing essays on Lady Bird Johnson, philanthropist Stewart Mott, and former Yale president Kingman Brewster Jr.

From 1995-2002 he was editor and writer at online journal Baseline where he wrote over 600 film reviews and interviewed more than 100 celebrities. He collaborated with Microsoft writing and editing over 400 entries for CD-Rom "Cinemania". He established his own film review website and became a founder of NY Film Critics Online.

In 2007 he returned to BU as manager of Gotlieb Center's Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Archival Collaborative creating an online finding aid for the King papers in Boston and Atlanta using a new computer application he helped develop.

Survivors include his sister, Mary G. Murphy of New Hampshire and cousins in Rhode Island. A.J. Spears Funeral Home of Cambridge handled

arrangements. There is a memorial service June 19 at 11 AM at St. Theresa's Church, 358 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Environment Massachusetts, 44 Winter Street, Suite 401, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.
Published in The Providence Journal on June 16, 2010