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John Murray (1879-1964)

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John Murray (c1879-1964)

Born the son of Francis Robert Murray

1921 Married at Swyncombe, Oxon. to Ellen Harwood. John is a Member of Parliament.

1939 Living at Barton Place, Exeter: John Murray (born 1879), Principal of University College. With Ellen.[1]

1964 Died. 'DR. JOHN MURRAY, Principal of the University College of the South-west, Exeter (now the University of Exeter) until his retirement in 1951, has died at his Bayswater (London) home. He was 85. On his appointment Dr. Murray immediately concerned himself with the development of the Streatham estate, which the late Mr. W. H. Reed. father of Sir Arthur Reed. former M.P. for Exeter, had presented as a new site for the college. The gift inaugurated a period of expansion. Lack of funds largely determined the pace of progress. Response to an appeal was not very gratifying. but the University Grants Committee substantially increased its financial assistance. There were also several generous benefactors, notably Mr. Washington Singer. who provided the science laboratory. Dr. Murray was wholeheartedly behind the summer school for overseas students. He regarded it as work of international importance.'[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1939 Census
  2. Torbay Express and South Devon Echo - Wednesday 30 December 1964