Harold Douglas Murphy, 88, of Commerce, passed away Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. He was born in Springfield, Tenn. on February 21, 1922; the youngest of eight children, to Alonzo and Eula Murphy.
A 1939 graduate of Springfield High School, Murphy attended Pineland Junior College in Deland, Fla., until 1941 when he began work at Glen L. Martin Aircraft Corporation in Baltimore, Md. In 1944 he joined the U.S. Army and was discharged in 1946.
Murphy received a BA degree in psychology from Asbury College in Kentucky in 1948. He earned his MA degree in 1949 from Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn., now a part of Vanderbilt University. In 1950,
Murphy joined the faculty of East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce as Director of the Veterans’ Counseling Center and Instructor of Student Personnel and Guidance, and became a full-time faculty member later that year.
He married Beverly Iglehart of Enloe, Texas on Dec. 22, 1951. In 1953 Murphy returned to Peabody College for additional graduate study. Upon his return to Commerce in 1955 he was appointed Director of Placement and Alumni Affairs.
Murphy earned his Ed.D degree from Peabody College in 1962. He served as Dean of Men at ETSU from 1964 to 1968, and returned to a full-time teaching position until his retirement in 1983. He taught doctoral statistics courses under modified employment until his full retirement 1992.
During his tenure at the university, Murphy worked under presidents James Gee, Whitney Halliday, Bub McDowell, Charles Austin and Jerry Morris. Murphy was named Professor Emeritus of Counseling from East Texas State University and Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Murphy was noted both for his teaching skills and his promotion of the counseling profession at the state and national level. He was a charter member of the Texas Student Personnel and Guidance Association, established in 1951. Originally an organization with 27 members, it is now known as the Texas Counseling Association, with a membership of over 6,500. Murphy served on the governing board of the association and was president in 1964.
He was instrumental in working with other organizations and the state legislature to pass a licensure law, which raised the academic requirements for professional counselors.
Since 1984 the TAMU-C Department of Counseling has sponsored “Murphy Day”, a professional development event to honor his commitment to the profession of counseling.
Murphy served several years as a board member of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, and helped organize a Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was a dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church, and served as deacon and elder.
Murphy was a charter member of the Sand Hills Golf and Country Club, and was thankful for a lifelong association with many treasured friends while playing his favorite sport.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings, and a son-in-law, Bill Taggart. Murphy is survived by his wife, Beverly; daughter Sharon Anderson and husband Garry; and daughter Annette Taggart. Also surviving are grandchildren Leah Anderson, Christina Maloney and husband Chris, Doug Taggart, Jesse Anderson, and Mary Taggart, as well as great-grandchildren Anastasia, Aubrielle, and Adeleine Maloney.
A memorial service was held at the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21, with visitation following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Commerce Food Pantry, the First Presbyterian Church of Commerce, or the John McQuary Scholarship Fund.
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Published on  September 27, 2010