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Doris Murray Kuhns

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Doris Murray Kuhns Obituary
September 24, 1929 - May 25, 2018 Doris Murray Kuhns was born in Neenah, Wisconsin, the year of the stock market crash. Although the Depression years followed, Doris grew up happily as the daughter of the small town doctor. After her father passed Doris, her brother, mother and grandmother moved to New York City where she attended the Brearley School. She went on to Goucher College for a year but obtained her BA in Fine Arts at Barnard College in NY. After college Doris worked at MOMA in the Architecture/Design Department during the era of Phillip Johnson and later moved on to the Guggenheim Museum as assistant publicity director where she collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright on his '60 Years of Living Architecture.' During this time Doris also married writer William B. Murray and had three children. As a family they lived in New York City and Princeton, Rome, and the South of France. In the mid-sixties the family moved to Malibu, California, where they settled on a ranch with a myriad of dogs and horses. Doris adapted well to the outdoor lifestyle of Malibu, embracing her love of tennis, outdoor family activities, and horseback riding. She also loved to cook, read, attend concerts and theatre, and was an adventurous soul who loved to travel. Hearth and home and wonderful holiday festivities were traditions where Doris created warm and loving atmospheres for family and friends. In 1978 Doris remarried William C. Kuhns and together they built a home in Malibu and later settled in Montecito, California where they retired comfortably surrounded by gardens, mountains and the sea. Doris continued to pursue her love of the arts, travel, and kept her mind acute by reading three newspapers each day and attending to the NYT daily crossword puzzle. Her house there was filled with a variety of dogs, children, and joy. Her door was always open. A kind and charitable person, Doris gave to many organizations through the years, volunteering to feed the homeless well into her eighties. Doris was beloved by family and friends and will be greatly missed by all. Her three children, daughter Natalia Casemore, daughter Julia Murray, her husband Natt Portugal and their daughters Asha and Danielle, son Bill Murray and wife Stephanie Sher Murray, her cherished granddaughter Alessandra Murray, and her beloved dog Rudolfo survive her. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to her favorite charities, DAWG of Santa Barbara, CAMA, or the Unitarian church.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 8 to June 17, 2018
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