Duquesne University

Duquesne University Mourns the Loss of Chancellor John E. Murray Jr.

Pittsburgh, PA
February 11, 2015

The Duquesne University community was saddened by the passing of Dr. John E. Murray Jr., chancellor and professor of law, on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Murray served as Duquesne’s 11th president from 1988 through 2001. He was 82.

“Duquesne-and Pittsburgh-lost an incredibly talented leader, teacher, scholar, author and lawyer today,” said Dr. Charles J. Dougherty, Duquesne University president. “His contributions here at Duquesne, as well as his service on numerous government, charitable and legal boards and committees have improved the lives of many over the course of his remarkable career.”

Murray, who was Duquesne’s first lay president, brought a tradition of service to Duquesne and led the University during a period of sustained growth and progress, including new schools and programs. As a law professor, Murray has won numerous teaching awards and has written 26 books, several articles and won the 2013 lifetime achievement award from the International Conference of Professors of Contract Law for his life’s work. The hallmark of his scholarship is his renowned Murray on Contracts and Murray, Cases and Materials on Contracts. These books are used in every law school in the United States and are cited as an authority in federal and state court cases throughout America, including the United States Supreme Court. In 2014, Pittsburgh Magazine named Murray as one of the eight leading professors among all universities in the Pittsburgh region.

In addition to being named Man of the Year in Pittsburgh, Murray also was honored as a History Maker in Pittsburgh and one of the 100 Pittsburgh Citizens of the Century. Before coming to Duquesne, he served as dean of the University of Pittsburgh and Villanova University Schools of Law.

Murray served as chairman of ComPAC 21, the committee to Prepare Allegheny County for the 21st century and chairman of the Pittsburgh Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority. He has also served on numerous community boards including the Thea Bowman Foundation, Hill House Association, Catholic Action League and Pittsburgh Opera, among others, and has provided advice to various leaders concerned with enhancing the quality of life in the region.

Murray earned his bachelor’s degree from La Salle University, his law degree from the Catholic University of America and his Ph.D. of law from the University of Wisconsin. He also held honorary doctoral degrees from La Salle University and Carnegie Mellon University.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Funeral arrangements for John E. Murray Jr., the former Duquesne University president, have been set. Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m Wednesday at John A. Freyvogel Sons, 4900 Centre Ave., Shadyside.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Epiphany Church, 184 Washington Place, near the Duquesne University campus. Burial will be private.

Mr. Murray, who died Wednesday at the age of 82, served as Duquesne’s first lay president from 1988 through 2001. He then became chancellor of the school and a professor of law at the university.