Joseph Murray, MD Obituary

Joseph  Murray,  MD
Joseph Murray, MD

December 12, 2017
Born in New London, CT
Resided in New London, Connecticut


New London- Joseph T. Murray, M.D. was born on October 30, 1924, to Helen G. O’Rourke and Thomas J. Murray. On May 31, 1947, he was united in marriage to Barbara “Petey” Connor. She died on February 23, 2009.

He graduated from the former Bulkeley School in 1942 where he was president of his class, center on the State Championship football team and captain of the baseball team.

He attended Fordham University and graduated from New York University School of Medicine. He interned at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. Residencies followed at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, Chicago Lying-In and St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

Dr. Murray practiced OB-GYN in New London for 43 years, including serving as chairman of the OB-GYN service at L&M Hospital. In addition, he served many years on the State Committees to study maternal morbidity and mortality. He was a diplomat of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, a member of the AMA, Connecticut State and New London County Medical Societies and the American College of OB-GYN.

In 1951, Dr. Murray entered the Navy and was instrumental in opening the first maternity unit at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Prior to that time, mothers were rushed by ambulance to Quonset Point, RI to deliver their babies.

He later served as a medical officer for Destroyer Division 342 out of Newport, RI, where he claims to have learned the true meaning of PMS. Dr. Murray served many years as vice-president of the New London National Little League and president of the Serra Club- a men’s organization dedicated to fostering vocations to the religious life. He was a member of American Legion Post 9.

In addition to his parents and his wife of nearly 62 years, Dr. Murray was predeceased by a brother, Thomas J. Murray, Jr. and his sisters Ellen Entzminger and Elizabeth Gilsey.

He is survived by his children: J. Thomas Murray, Jr. and his wife Sharon of Niantic. John Allison Murray and his wife Lee Ann of Florida; Ann Corcoran and her husband Donald of Uncasville and Nancy Woodmansee and her husband Paul of New Hampshire.

Poppie will be greatly missed by his grandchildren: Joseph Batiano, Jennifer Murray Mullett, Michael, Brian and Timothy Corcoran, Sean Murray, Matthew and Kelly Woodmansee, and four great-granddaughters: Emma and Riley Mullett, Alijandra Batiano, and Savannah Corcoran as well as many nieces and nephews.

Donations in memory of Dr. Murray can be made to Department of OB-GYN at L&M Hospital, 365 Montauk Avenue, New London CT 06320 or St. Joseph School Endowment Fund, 16 Squire Street, New London, CT 06320.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Tuesday (Dec. 19th) from 5-7 pm at the Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home, 12 Ocean Avenue, New London, CT. The funeral procession will assemble on Wednesday at 9:15 am at the funeral home and proceed to St. Joseph Church, Squire St., New London for a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM. Interment will follow in St. Mary Cemetery, Jefferson Ave., New London.

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons Funeral Home
12 Ocean Avenue
New London, CT US 06320
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Mass of Christian Burial
St. Joseph Church
17 Squire Street
New London, CT US 06320
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
10:00 AM

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