|Birth: ||May 5, 1905|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 29, 1984|
New York Times, Published: September 1, 1984
Adrian Murphy, a former president of CBS Radio who was instrumental in getting the company involved in television, died of leukemia Wednesday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. He was 79 years old and had lived in Truro, Mass., in recent years.
Mr. Murphy was associated with CBS from 1936 until his retirement in 1955. He began his career there as an assistant to Paul Kesten, a vice president who was responsible for developing the organization's marketing arm.
In 1939, Mr. Murphy was appointed executive director of television and was responsible for moving CBS into the early television industry. He remained in the post until 1942, when he left to join the Signal Corps during World War II.
Upon his return to CBS in 1946, he was named vice president and general executive in charge of all CBS radio and television technical and physical operations. He was also responsible for CBS color television activities, taking an active part in efforts to develop a color standard.
In 1951, he was appointed president of CBS Laboratories Division and, in 1952, was named president of its Radio Division, a post he held until he retired at the age of 49.
Mr. Murphy then began a career as an abstract painter on Cape Cod. His work was regularly exhibited on the Cape and in New York. He was also a founder and the first president of the Association for Improvement of Medical Facilities in Outer Cape Cod, which established a medical center in Wellfleet to serve the needs of the Eastern portion of the Cape.
Before joining CBS, Mr. Murphy had worked as an associate of Norman Bel Geddes, the designer, after his graduation from Princeton in 1927.
Mr. Murphy is survived by his wife, the former Catherine Laurel; two children from a former marriage, a son, Serre, of Manhattan, and a daughter, Lydia ,and three grandchildren.
birth: 19 May 1905 New York
death: 29 August 1984 Barnstable, Massachusetts
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Truro Congregational Church Cemetery
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