John J. Murphy, 91, Urologic Surgeon, Professor of Surgery
John Joseph Murphy, M.D., 91, professor of surgery and Chief of Urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from the 1960s through the 1990s, died Monday, February 6 at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Dr. Murphy was born in Scranton and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton in 1942 and his medical doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1945. He was certified in surgery and urology and was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Halsted Society, the Philadelphia College of Physicians and The American College of Surgeons. Dr. Murphy was a member of the American Urological Association and served as President of the Mid-Atlantic section of the AUA in 1975. After completing his surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania and urology residency at the University of Michigan, Dr. Murphy began practicing urologic surgery with Dr. I. S. Ravdin at the University of Pennsylvania in 1953. His career included teaching, clinical practice and surgery, and he was Chief of the Department of Urology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from 1965-the early 1990's. After retiring from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Murphy continued to practice urology at Mercy-Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby. Over the course of his career, Dr. Murphy published numerous papers on surgical techniques and the management of various urological problems, including prostate cancer and kidney stones.
Dr. Murphy met his wife, Alice, in Scranton, where they married in 1944. He and his wife traveled for both professional and personal reasons, and they spent a substantial amount of time in Ireland and England. In the 1970s, Dr. Murphy held an appointment as a visiting professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. He and his wife, Alice, were named honorary citizens of the town of Oughterard, near Galway. Dr. and Mrs. Murphy traveled to Kuwait, Cairo and Qatar in the 1970s, where Dr. Murphy was invited to help set up the urology department at a new hospital in Doha, Qatar.
A passionate sportsman, Dr. Murphy spent much of his leisure time fly fishing in the Pocono mountains and any place else he could find a stream with trout in it. He was a member of the Tunkhannock Fishing Association of Carbon County, Pa. for thirty years. Dr. Murphy enjoyed hunting deer and a variety of game birds, was an excellent trap and skeet shooter. He and his family spent many happy times at "Pop's Fishin' House," their cottage in the Poconos.
Dr. Murphy is survived by his brother, Donald, his wife, Alice, five of his six children, thirteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at St. Margaret's Church, 208 N. Narberth Ave., Narberth, at 10:30 am on Friday, February 17. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Nature Conservancy or the ASPCA.
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