The Obit For Robert Murray

Robert Burton Murray, 70, bank executive and educator

By Sally A. Downey
Philadelphia Inquirer
Monday, February 6, 2012

Robert B. Murray Robert Burton Murray, 70, of Blue Bell, a bank executive and educator, died of complications from Parkinson's disease, Sunday, Jan. 15, at Meadowood, a retirement community in Worcester.

Mr. Murray graduated from Germantown Academy in 1959 and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. In high school, he was on the football and track teams and captained the varsity basketball and baseball teams. He also captained the baseball team and the lightweight football team at Penn his senior year.

After graduating from Penn, he played first base for two years for the Spartanburg Phillies, a farm team in South Carolina, and served in the U.S. Army Reserve.

In 1965, he married Gretchen Satre and began coaching at Penn. For five years, he was head coach of the baseball and lightweight-football programs. While at Penn, he earned a master's degree in business administration from the Wharton School.

He was then employed at Chemical Bank in New York before joining Philadelphia National Bank in the mid-1970s. Eventually, he became chief credit policy officer at PNB, now Wells Fargo & Co.

"One of his best qualities was his concern for every member of his team, whether he was coaching football or leading a division of the bank," said his brother, John "Hench" Murray. "Because he cared for everyone, he was able to get the best from everyone in return."

After retiring as assistant to the chairman of PNB in 1992, Mr. Murray became a financial trainer, organizing seminars for employees of banks and financial institutions. He also authored a textbook, Accounting for Lenders.

Mr. Murray and his wife spent several winter vacations in South Carolina and spent summers in Maine for years. Since 1988, they owned a home there at Sprucewold Lodge in Boothbay Harbor. Mr. Murray helped transform the lodge's decaying saltwater swimming pool into a park.

Because he divided his time between the Philadelphia area and Maine, he considered himself fortunate to be a fan of the Phillies and the Eagles, as well as the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots, his brother said.

Mr. Murray was a member of Penn's Baseball Hall of Fame and the Germantown Academy Hall of Fame.

He taught himself to play trumpet and guitar and was an avid tennis player until becoming ill.

Besides his wife and brother, Mr. Murray is survived by a daughter, Brooke Caffey; a son, James; a sister, Elizabeth; and four granddaughters.

There will be a private life celebration.