Wife of Newsman Edward R. Murrow. (1908-1965).
Obit for Mrs. Murrow appeared in her College Newsletter:
With the passing of Janet Brewster Murrow in December, Mount Holyoke College lost one of its most distinguished alumnae and the Art Museum one of its most dedicated advocates. Mrs. Murrow, a 1933 graduate in economics, was a radio broadcaster in London during World War II, reporting on wartime restrictions, evacuation of children, rationing, and health issues. After returning to the United States, with her husband CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, she became involved with the college, serving as Trustee from 1949 to 1959 and again from 1960 to 1970. In 1959, she was awarded the Alumnae Medal of Honor. Her special relationship with the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum began in 1963 when she joined the museum's advisory board. Moving to South Hadley after her husband's death in 1965, she assumed the chairmanship of the board. She was appointed Associate Director of the art collection in 1970 and served as Director from 1974 until her retirement in 1976. For eight years, from 1970 through 1978, she was the Executive Director of the Friends of Art, the museum's membership group. The Art Advisory Board named her an Honorary Member in 1995. In addition to her commitment to the Art Museum, Mrs. Murrow was active in many other organizations, serving on the boards of National Public Radio, the Massachusetts Council on Arts and Humanities, and the local Red Cross. In 1973, she helped found WGBY, Springfield's public television station. She will be sorely missed by those who served with her in all these organizations and by those who have reaped the benefits of her enormous energy and talent.
Bio by: The Perplexed Historian
Edward R. Murrow
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