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James L. Murphy

October 25, 2012
Salem News

GROVE CITY - James L. Murphy, formerly of Salem, born July 3, 1941, died Oct. 8, 2012, at the James Cancer Center in Columbus, after eight years of a courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Thelma Matthews Murphy, and his father, George W. Murphy.

He is survived by a sister, Patricia (Bryan) Israel of Alliance; a brother, George A. (Darlene) Murphy of Bristolville; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving is his long-time companion and friend, John A. Stauffer.

He was an avid archeologist. In 2008 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Archeologist Society of Ohio. He was also an historian of Ohio, especially its pottery, and was a prolific writer. Jim retired after 30 years of service with the state of Ohio, a short period at the Ohio Historical Society and approximately 24 years at the OSU Library.

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