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Elizabeth Linn Allen Murray
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Birth: Oct. 20, 1908
Chicago
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 14, 1997
District Of Columbia, USA

Cook County, Illinois Birth Certificates Index 1871-1922
Name: Elizabeth Linn
Birth Date: 20 Oct 1908
Birth Place: 5731 Woodlawn Ave
Gender: Female
Race: White
Father Name: James W Linn
Mother Name: Mary Howland

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Elizabeth Murray left lasting legacy to county

By Terri Anne Greig

VALPARAISO - Sunset Hill Farm is a lasting legacy to the memory of Elizabeth Linn Murray, who died June 14 in Washington, D.C. at the age of 88.

Mrs. Murray, who lived at the almost 300-acre property in Liberty Township for 25 years, was instrumental in seeing that it was turned over to the Porter County Parks Department for public use in the mid-1980s.

"She cared enormously about the farm," said her daughter, Constance Nathanson, a Johns Hopkins University sociology professor. "Without her it wouldn't have become a park."

But she also cared about people.

Mrs. Murray was a grand-niece of social reformer Jane Addams. "My mother knew her (Jane Addams) very well," her daughter said. "What she really cared about was human beings."

Mrs. Murray's social conscience spanned the decades. In the 1940s and 1950s, she worked for the Julius Rosenwald Fund to help further African-American institutions. She also was a member of the Chicago Board of Education.

After her first husband, John B. Allen, died in 1962, she married Col. Robert Murray, the head of a hosiery manufacturing and distributing company, and moved to Sunset Hill Farm in Valparaiso.

During her time in the region, Mrs. Murray was active in community organizations, including the Porter County League of Women Voters, where she was known as "Bips" to her friends and impressed all who met her with her poise
and ability.

"She was a lovely, delightful person," said Martha Willis of Portage, who maintained a regular correspondence with Mrs. Murray. "Bips had a first-rate education and a first-rate mind and she used both to great advantage."

In addition to her community involvement, Mrs. Murray enjoyed swimming in the pool her husband built for her at the farm. She was an avid golfer who liked hitting the links at Mink Lake.

After moving to Washington, D.C., Mrs. Murray tutored immigrants in English and was a member of the Women's Democratic Club, League of Women Voters and the Bryn Mawr College Alumni Association.

"She was very concerned about other people," said her son, J. Linn Allen, a Chicago Tribune reporter.

Mrs. Murray is survived by two daughters, Constance Nathanson of Maryland, and Jane Addams Allen, a former art critic for the Chicago Tribune and Washington Times, of Cornwall, England; one son, J. Linn Allen of Chicago; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 18, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington D.C.

nwitimes.com - June 17, 1997

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Elizabeth Linn Murray, school executive

Elizabeth Linn Murray, 88, a member of the Chicago Board of Education in the late 1950s and early 1960s, died Saturday in Washington, D.C.

She was president of the Citizens' Schools Committee, a reform group, before being appointed to the board. She later wrote a history of Chicago public schools with Robert Havighurst, a University of Chicago education professor.

Before joining the School Board, Mrs. Murray worked for the Julius Rosenwald Fund, which supported African-American institutions such as universities.

After the death in 1962 of her first husband, John B. Allen, she married Robert Murray and moved to Valparaiso, Ind. In the late 1980s she moved to Washington, where she was active in the Women's Democratic Club and the League of Women Voters and tutored immigrants in English.

Survivors include two daughters, Constance Nathanson and Jane Addams Allen; a son, J. Linn Allen; seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Services are pending in Washington.

Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - June 17, 1997

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ELIZABETH LINN MURRAY, '50s SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

Elizabeth Linn Murray, a member of the Chicago Board of Education in the late 1950s, died Saturday in Washington, D.C. She was 88.

A grandniece of social reformer Jane Addams and daughter of University of Chicago English professor, state legislator and newspaper columnist James Weber Linn, Mrs. Murray was active in many civic causes

"She had a very strong sense of social commitment,"said her daughter Constance Nathanson, a Johns Hopkins University sociology professor. "She cared a great deal about children and about people who were vulnerable in various ways."

A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Mrs. Murray worked during the late 1940s and early 1950s for the Julius Rosenwald Fund in Hyde Park, which supported, among other projects, African-American colleges and universities.

While there, she collaborated on publications with Charles Johnson, who later became president of Fisk University in Nashville.

Mrs. Murray later served as an officer of the Chicago League of Women Voters and president of the Citizens Schools Committee, a public school reform group, which led to her appointment by Mayor Richard J. Daley to the school board.

After leaving the school board she collaborated with University of Chicago education professor Robert Havighurst on an extensive history of the Chicago public schools.

After the death in 1962 of her first husband, John B. Allen, she married Robert Murray, the head of a hosiery manufacturing and distributing company, and moved to Valparaiso, Ind.

She lived for many years at Sunset Hill Farm, an almost 300-acre property that was turned over to the Porter County Parks Department for public use in the mid-1980s after Murray's death.

In the late 1980s she moved to Washington, D.C, where she was active in the Women's Democratic Club, the League of Women Voters, and the Bryn Mawr College Alumni Association, as well as in tutoring immigrants in English.

"She was one of the most intelligent, lively, entertaining women that I've ever known," her daughter recalled. "Whenever I would introduce her to my friends they would always say to me, `What a wonderful woman,' and I would think, well, of course. She was so incredibly outgoing and interested in other people."

She is also survived by a daughter, Jane Addams Allen, a former art critic for the Chicago Tribune, Washington Times and Washington Post; and a son, J. Linn Allen, a reporter for the Tribune; seven grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington, D.C

Chicago Tribune (IL) - June 16, 1997
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  James Weber Linn (____ - 1939)
  Mary Howland Linn (1877 - 1952)
 
 Spouses:
  John B. Allen (1905 - 1963)
  Robert Heffron Murray (1881 - 1972)
 
 Sibling:
  Elizabeth Linn Allen Murray (1908 - 1997)
  Constance Linn (1912 - 1912)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Created by: Eva Hopkins
Record added: Sep 29, 2012
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Elizabeth <i>Linn</i> Allen Murray
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Elizabeth <i>Linn</i> Allen Murray
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