Robert Latham Murray

Charlottesville, Virginia


Charlottesville, Virginia


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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.

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To the Murray family....I just learned yesterday when I called his office to ask his advice and learned he had passed away in November, what a shock it was to me. Dr. Murray did surgery on me 4 yrs ago and I have never forgot him. I have lived in New York, Alaska, Seattle and now here in C'ville. I have had many doctors thru the years, but he was by far the best I have ever known. Since I was new to C'ville, whenever I needed a specialty doctor, I would call him and ask his advice on who...

Latham Murray was one of my dearest and most influential friends, for the couple of years we were intimates. I've only just learned of his passing, this evening, and wish to send my love and best wishes to his beloved wife and children, along with the rest of his family, many whom I met in the early '70s.

I was at Trinity when Willie Schaeffer introduced me to Latham (whom I only later learned was known as Larry in the rest of his life--I only, tonight learned his given name,...

God must have needed surgery, so he called "the best" home!

Dear Murray Family,
I am a nurse at Memorial Hospital, Easton, Maryland. I learned from a patient I met today, of Dr. Murray's passing. How shocked and saddened I am to hear this news. This patient was one of hundreds I have cared for who credit Dr. Murray with saving their life and becoming their friend! I remember very clearly one night he stayed by a surgical patient's side for twelve hours in the ICU. He helped me give nursing care, monitor vital signs, gave me orders, took orders...

God Speed healing peace to all of the wonderful Murrays, with love..
Sherry and Harley Kack Port Townsend, Wa.

I was saddened to learn of the untimely passing of an esteemed medical school classmate. Latham was a n excellent physician,a consummate Virginia gentleman, and most importantly,a completely decent man of the highest integrity. We will all miss him.My deepest sympathy to all his family,close friends, and colleagues. Lloyd Kellam, Nassawadox,Va.

Dear Langhorne, children and family, We were so sad to hear of Latham's untimely death and will contact you personally but do want to contribute to this Guest Book. We so valued meeting you all when Latham was working in the UK at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital. Latham was clearly a committed surgeon and approached his work with enthusiasm, humility and a great sense of humour. He was well liked by patients as well as staff. We enjoyed the times we spent together socially. Our thoughts...

Dear Murrays, We are saddened to learn of your great loss, though we know your family from afar thru our daughter Noelle's friendship with Wistar. May the Lord comfort you and give you strength to carry on without him. With deepest spympathy from the Julian Family (Frankfurt, Germany)

From an admirer of the Murray family, with profound condolences in your time of sorrow. May you find succor and comfort.

Gwen Mason
Roanoke, Virginia