At the time of his death, Lacey Van Buren Murrow was chairman of the board and recently-retired president of Transportation Consultants, Inc. in Washington D. C.
Called to active duty with the Army Air Corps as a lieutenant colonel Sept. 16, 1940, he was promoted to colonel March 1, 1942, and to brigadier general April 27, 1948. General Murrow was assigned to the Second Air Force and served with a heavy bombardment group flying B-24s and B-17s during World War II. Later duties took him to the war theaters of Europe, the Mediterranean, the South Pacific and China-Burma-India. He retired Feb. 21, 1953. His decorations included the Legion of Merit, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star Medal, a Presidential Citation and Commendation Ribbon with four cluster decorations, the French Croix de Guerre, and the Order of the British Empire.
Educated as a professional construction engineer, he was appointed Director of the Washington State Highway Department in 1931 at age 28, continuing in that position until called to active duty. The Mercer Island Floating Bridge, the world's largest floating structure at the time, was designed and completed in 1940 under his supervision. In 1967, the year after his death, the State of Washington renamed the span the Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge. Damaged while undergoing repairs in 1990, portions of the bridge sank following a torrential storm. Today the rebuilt "Lacey V." still carries I-90 across Lake Washington from Seattle to neighboring Mercer Island.
General Murrow was the elder brother of famed journalist, Edward R. Murrow.
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Margaret L Goodpasture Murrow
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