Dr. Joseph L. Murphy

January 24, 1929 ~ June 19, 2012 (age 83) 83 Years Old


Dr. Joseph L. Murphy of Needham formerly of Wellesley retired Chief of Anesthesiology at Marlborough Hospital, died on June 19, 2012 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-East Campus in Boston. He was 83.
Born in New York City, he graduated from Chaminade High in Mineola, NY, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester in 1950 and NY Medical College. He served in the US Navy and was Chief of Anesthesiology on Guam. Dr. Murphy was Chief of Anesthesiology and served a term as Chief of Staff at Framingham Union Hospital/Metro West Med Ctr. and Chief of Anesthesiology at Marlborough Hospital. He was also past President and an active member of the NE Society of Anesthesiologists. He enjoyed golf and was a member of the Needham Retired Men's Glee Club and the Wellesley Assemblies.
Dr. Murphy was the beloved husband for 58 ½ years of Janet (Watson) Murphy, the loving father of Denise M. Sauter of Sudbury, Richard W. Murphy of Ayer, Marianne M. Francke of Geneva Switzerland, Deirdre M. Sullivan of Medway, Tara M. Murphy Giles of Maynard and Chris Murphy of St. Petersburg FL, the beloved "Grampie" of George and Kate Sauter, Anna Lara, Ian and Colin Murphy, Niklas Francke, Anne, Luke and Brigid Sullivan, Isabelle Francke and Matt Giles and was the well loved father in law of Kenneth Sauter, Audur Murphy, Nils Francke, Thomas Sullivan and Jeffrey Giles.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Dr. Murphy on Mon June 25 at 10 AM in St. John the Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Rd., corner of Washington St. Wellesley Hills followed by interment in Woodlawn Cemetery Wellesley. Relatives and friends are kindly invited. Visiting hours will be in the Eaton Funeral Home 1351 Highland Ave (Exit 19B off Rte 128) NEEDHAM on Sun from 4-8 PM.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Dr. Murphy's name to Perkins School for the Blind 175 No. Beacon St. Watertown, MA 02472 would be appreciated.

  • Visitation

    June 24, 2012
    4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    Eaton Funeral Home

    1351 Highland Ave
    Needham, MA

  • Funeral Mass

    June 25, 2012
    10:00 AM

    St. John the Evangelist

    9 Glen Road at Washington St.
    Wellesley Hills, MA
    (781) 235-0045

  • Interment

    June 25, 2012
    11:15 AM

    Woodlawn Cemetery

    Brook Street
    Wellesley , MA

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