Robert Latham Brundred Murray
Dr. Latham Murray, of Earlysville, died unexpectedly on Sunday, November 29, 2009, at Panorama Farms, his childhood home.
Born March 8, 1951, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Langhorne King Murray; their five children, Brad, Wistar, Jack, Margaret, and Stephen; along with his parents, James B. Murray and Jean Brundred Murray; and seven brothers James B. Murray Jr., Matthew B. Murray, Christopher B. Murray, Stephen M. Murray, Andrew B. Murray, Thomas A. Murray and Timothy B. Murray, and their families.
He graduated from Albemarle High School in 1969. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1973, and his Medical Degree from the University of Virginia in 1981. He later completed an internship and residency at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York, and a fellowship in Non-cardiac Thoracic Surgery at East Birmingham Hospital in Birmingham, England.
He was an Attending Surgeon at Mary Imogene Hospital and later at Memorial Hospital in Easton, Maryland, before joining the Medical Staff at Martha Jefferson Hospital in July 1995. Dr. Murray was a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and Board Certified in General Surgery with added accreditation in Thoracic Surgery. He was a member of CRL Surgical and Radiology Associates in Charlottesville.
Dr. Murray served in a number of leadership capacities at Martha Jefferson Hospital, including the Hospital Board of Trustees and most recently serving as the Chair of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Foundation Board. Throughout his career, his focus never waivered from the personal care and interaction he enjoyed with countless patients and their families. He served our community with pride and great satisfaction.
Outside the hospital, Latham was a stone mason, tree surgeon, cabinetmaker and writer. He will be fondly remembered for his passion and unique skill in working with his hands on the farm or in the shop. His greatest life's work was shaping the lives of his loving children and family.
He will be laid to rest in a private ceremony on Wednesday, December 2, 2009.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the New Year at a date yet to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Martha Jefferson Hospital Capital Campaign, 459 Locust Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or the Charlottesville Free Clinic, 1138 Rose Hill Drive, Suite 200, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
This obituary was originally published in the Daily Progress.