Priscilla Murr

Obituary for Priscilla Murr

April 7, 1942 - September 21, 2015
Austin, Texas | Age 73


Priscilla Murr, 73, a Jungian analyst and 30-year resident of Austin died on September 21, 2015. She was born in Chicago four months to the day after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on April 7, 1942. Her earliest memories are of men in uniform, trips on the train to visit her father when he was on leave from the Navy and living in a Quonset Hut on Treasure Island. After World War II, her family lived in Cleveland until her father was called back to Navy service during the Korean War and was stationed in Norfolk, VA.

When Priscilla was 11, the family moved to California, and she would consider herself a Californian the rest of her life. Her favorite memories from those years were of her time in the Girl Scouts, hiking and camping throughout the state. Scouting gave her lifelong friends, a strong sense of independence and a love of nature.

Priscilla attended the University of California, Berkeley , which she found mind-broadening and intellectually challenging, and she earned a BA in English. Following graduation, she moved to Switzerland to learn French, and worked for a year at a finishing school in Montreux before returning to California to teach English and History at a high school in inner-city Los Angeles.

While teaching was a lifelong passion, Priscilla left her teaching position at age 29 and moved to Zurich to train at the Jung Institute. In 1986, she received her PhD from the University of Zurich and her Diploma from the Jung Institute. She moved back to the US, not knowing if she would succeed as a Jungian analyst or return to teaching.

After a friend offered her a house in which to live, she moved to Austin and within two weeks started a private practice. Her practice flourished as she became involved with and taught at the Jung Society of Austin and the InterRegional Society of Jungian Analysts. In recent years, Priscilla was a lecturer in the Jungian Studies program at Saybrook University.

In addition to her work as an analyst, Priscilla served as president of the Austin Friends of Folk Art and was involved with the Rock Art Foundation. She traveled throughout Texas, New Mexico and Arizona to view rock art.

Mexico and Mexican folk art were also passions of Priscilla's, and in 1971 she studied mythology in the Mayan city of San Cristobal de las Casas. She had an extensive collection of Mexican folk art, which she donated to Austin's Mexic Arte Museum.

In keeping with her love of Mexican mythology and mysticism, a celebration of Priscilla's life will be held on Dia de los Muertos, Sunday, November 1, from 4-6 pm at the Acton Center, 1404 E. Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741.

Priscilla is survived by her brother James Murr and his wife Colleen of Santa Maria, California, and by many devoted friends, who lovingly supported Priscilla in her final months. In lieu of flowers, Priscilla asked that memorial contributions be made to the Travis Audubon Society, 3710 Cedar St., Box 5, Austin, TX 78705.

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  • In lieu of flowers, Priscilla asked that memorial contributions be made to the Travis Audubon Society, 3710 Cedar St., Box 5, Austin, TX 78705.

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