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Baylor Geology Department dedicates Murphy Mineral Collection

April 19, 2010

Pat was a Baylor graduate in 1954 completing studies as a ministerial student; he received an MA from UT-Austin in social work; he worked for the state of Texas in their offices in Amarillo and Austin; Pat wrote the first day care standards for the state; he worked for 27 years for the US government's Housing, Education and Welfare (HEW) administration in Dallas; during his career he also pastored several churches and worked with Native Americans.

An avid mineral collector, Pat requested donation of his collection to the Baylor University Geology Department upon his death. The collection was received by us in 2008.

The department has retained about 800 specimens, which are part of our teaching and reference collection. Proceeds from the sale of some of the minerals were used to support the Baylor Geological Society (BGS), a student run organization that promotes field trips, a guest speaker program, and other supporting activities. Some of the prceeds were also used to purchase two mineral display cabinets to display some of Mr. Murphy's largest samples in the Geology portion of the Baylor Sciences Building.

We thank Mr. Pat Murphy, who is survived by Mrs. Myrna Murphy, for his generosity.

Murphy Family

On knee in front: Corey Stephens (son of Rick & Karen Stephens & grandson of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Heather King ( married to Nate King, she is daughter -in-law of Tom & Kala King & granddaughter-in-law of Pat & Myrna Murphy); baby Austin King (son of Heather & Nathaniel King & great grandson of Pat & Myrna Murphy);

Front Row standing: Alan Hutchings (son of Kala & Tom King & grandson of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Kala King ( married to Tom King & daughter of Pat & Myrna Murphy and Baylor class of 79); Shauna Stephens (daughter of Rick & Karen Stephens & granddaughter of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Myrna Murphy (wife of Pat Murphy); Kelly Adams-Williams (married to Scott Williams and daughter of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Karen Stephens (married to Rick Stephens and daughter of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Casey Oates (girlfriend of Matt Adams who is son of Kelly Adams-Williams, Matt is at Annapolis Naval Academy & unable to be there, he is grandson of Pat & Myrna Murphy, also Casey attends Baylor currently); Alynda Hutchings (daughter of Kala & Tom King & granddaughter of Pat & Myrna Murphy);

Back Row standing: Nate King (married to Heather King and son of Tom & Kala King & grandson of Pat & Myrna Murphy); toddler Riley King (son of Nate & Heather King & great grandson of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Tom King (son-in-law of Pat & Myrna Murphy, married to Kala King); Weston Clark (boyfriend of Shauna Stephens); Walter "Glen" Anglin (nephew of Pat & Myrna Murphy, son of Myrna's sister); Scott Williams (married to Kelly Adams-Williams & son-in-law of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Rick Stephens (married to Karen Stephens & son-in-law of Pat & Myrna Murphy); Caleb North (brother to Alynda Hutchings)