|Birth: ||unknown, USA|
|Death: ||Apr. 11, 2012|
Dr. Robert Louis Murray, 81, died on April 11, 2012, He was proceeded in death by his parents, Dr. Robert Lobby and Madge Pritchett Murray, of Raeford, N.C. and Graham, N.C. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Johnston Murray. He is also survived by his sons and daughters-in-law,
Dr. Alex and Catherine Murray, of Greensboro, N.C. and Craige and Sonja Murray, of Winston Salem, N.C.; daughters and son-in-law, Martha and Richard Ball, of Greenwood, S.C. and
Emily Murray Lehr, of St. Louis, Mo. He is survived by 11 grandchildren, Christopher, Taylor, and Meredith Murray, of Greensboro, N.C., Katherine, Rebecca, and Addison Murray, of
Winston Salem, N.C., Andrew, Johnston, and Daniel Ball, of Greenwood, S.C., and Amanda and Eric Lehr, of St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Murray attended schools in Raeford, N.C. He was a graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. After an internship at the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill, he entered the United States Army Medical Corps, and served in Berlin,
Germany with the rank of Captain. He returned to Chapel Hill for a residency in Radiology. In 1962, he joined the Radiology practice of Doctors Peterson, Barker, and Smith, predecessor to Radiology Associates of Roanoke. He served on the medical staffs of Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley and Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology, and a
member of numerous professional societies and associations, including the American College of Radiology, The Radiological Society of North America, The American Roentgen Ray Society, The American Medical Association, The Medical Society of Virginia, and The Roanoke Academy of Medicine. He served as instructor in Radiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and as Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He
was the author of several articles in medical journals. He retired in 1993, after 31 years of practice.
Dr. Murray was a member and Deacon of Second Presbyterian Church in Roanoke. He served on the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Symphony Society and the Board of Trustees of the Art Museum of Western Virginia, having served the latter organization for three six-year terms between 1972 and 2000.
He was a member of the Shenandoah Club, the English Speaking Union, and the Roanoke Round Table.
Dr. Murray had a long time interest in bonsai. He was a member and past president of the Hinoki Bonsai Club of Roanoke. He was active in the club's educational program, frequently presenting lectures and demonstrations on the principles and art of bonsai, One of his bonsai trees was awarded a blue ribbon at the Virginia State Fair in 1995 and one received "Best in Show" award at the 2001 Carolina Bonsai
Expo at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, N.C. Several of his bonsai are now in the permanent collection of the North Carolina Arboretum, Other hobby interests included photography and collecting
vintage German cameras. He and his wife were avid travelers, especially enjoying travel and attending operas and other classical music events in Europe, as well as in the United States.
Travel activities in later years were primarily enjoyed on ocean cruises. A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012, with Dr. George Anderson and Gerald Carter officiating. The family will receive friends in the Fellowship Hall following the service.
Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church Music Fund, 214 Mountain Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24016, or to the North Carolina Arboretum Bonsai Garden, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way, Asheville, NC 28806-9315. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. 540-982-2100.
Created by: Randy Shepherd
Record added: Apr 12, 2012
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