Raymond Patrick Murray
Raymond Patrick Murray
  • November 14, 1920 - October 19, 2016
  • Carmel, California

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Raymond Patrick Murray "Red" was born November 14, 1920 to James Patrick Murray and Ida Elizabeth VanVerth in Summerfield, Kansas.

Raymond graduated from High School in St. Mary's Kansas and went on to pursue a Bachelor's in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Kansas State. During his junior year he was called into active duty from the Navy Reserves. He was stationed on the USS Oglala as a radio operator during the attacks on Pearl Harbor. He was then commissioned to teach at Bliss Electrical School and negotiated a spot promotion that jumped him three ranks from Radioman First Class to Ensign at 22 years old. After completing 6 years active duty he returned to Kansas to finish his Bachelor's in Engineering and Communications. He then returned to the East Coast to pursue his Master's from Brown University while teaching at Bliss. In 1951, he was transferred to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. During his career he published several papers in professional journals on the subjects of transistors and tunnel diodes. He remained active as a consultant to many industries concerned with electronics and communications. He developed patents on several communication tools he invented. He also served as a special consultant to the Bureau of Naval Personnel regarding electronic training programs. He holds the rank of Commander in the Naval Reserve from which he retired after 22 years of service.

Raymond met his wife Mildred while teaching in DC. They moved to Monterey in 1951, following his transfer to NPS. Together they had 4 children; Janice, James, Mitchell and Michael. Raymond enjoyed being active with his family and took many trips camping in Big Sur and Yosemite, waterskiing and yearly trips back to Kansas to visit his large family.

After Raymond retired he pursued a lifelong dream of gold mining in the Sierras. He took many motorcycle trips, twice returning with broken legs, which never dampened his sense of adventure. He bought an olive green VW Bus and traveled through Europe for four months. He also enjoyed taking trips to Mexico and the Caribbean.

Raymond spend much of his time in relentless pursuit of knowledge and his hobbies reflected it. He built two houses from the ground up in Monterey and Carmel. He enjoyed broadcasting on his HAM radio under the call letters K6DQY. He loved having philosophical debates and discussions with friends and family. He remained a teacher his entire life and taught his grandchildren the importance of the pursuit of knowledge. He had great fun teaching his grandchildren to swim, handing out Dove-Bars and playing Ping-Pong.

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