Ruth Eileen Murphy, former reporter, publicist and journalism teacher,
died Thursday in Berkeley at the age of 77. Mrs. Murphy was a society
reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and the Oakland Tribune during
World War II. She entered public relations in Oakland, working for the
city park department, the YWCA, Merritt Hospital and the Community Chest.
She then taught at Oakland High School for 10 years, specializing in journalism
and English, before retiring in 1969.
A native of Madison, Wis., Mrs.
Murphy graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree
in English in 1933. She was a reporter on the Daily Californian, then the
university newspaper, and was women's editor her senior year. Mrs. Murphy
was a member of numerous groups, including the Berkeley City Club, the
League of Women Voters, Women in Communication, Berkeley Democratic Club
and the Sierra Club.
She is survived by her husband, Raymond, of Berkeley;
a son, Peter, of Livermore; a daughter, Sue Mote of Vacaville; a sister,
Mary Anne Ramsden of Long Beach and five grandchildren. At her request,
there were no services.