Cyril R. Murphy Jr.Retired lawyerCyril R. Murphy...


Cyril R. Murphy Jr.

Retired lawyer

Cyril R. Murphy Jr., a retired lawyer, died Friday of cancer at his home on Clyde Bank Road in the Loch Raven Village area.

Services for Mr. Murphy, who was 78, will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Loch Raven Presbyterian Church, 9318 Old Harford Road.

Mr. Murphy retired in 1979 after being associated with the firm of Frank, Bernstein, Conaway & Goldman since 1953.

He earlier practiced independently and then was a member of the staff of the federal Office of Price Stabilization.

Born in Peach Bottom, Pa., and raised in Baltimore and in Hanover, Pa., he was a 1932 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and a 1936 graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis.

An infantry officer in the Army during World War II, he made landings in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Southern France.

His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross, the second-highest award in the Army, which he received for continuing to lead his men across a river to take a hill after he had been wounded at Anzio, and a Bronze Star.

He was twice awarded the Purple Heart, after he was shot at Anzio and wounded by mortar fire in France.

In 1947, he retired from the Army Reserve as a lieutenant colonel. That year, he graduated from the University of Baltimore law school and began practicing law.

He served as attorney and an officer of the Associates of Loch Raven Village and the Towson-Loch Raven Community Council.

In the 1960s, he was a member of the board of St. John's College and taught at the University of Baltimore law school. He was also a former president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Reserve Officers Association.

In 1942, he married the former Elizabeth Fairclough while both were serving as Army officers. She died in 1990.

Fond of sailing and motor boating, he also liked to travel and was interested in computers.

He is survived by three daughters, Elizabeth M. Schuele of Wheaton, Ill., Kathleen M. Boone of Towson, and Mary M. Murphy of Baltimore; two sons, Brian J. Murphy of Towson and John M. G. Murphy of Baltimore; and seven grandchildren.

Larry L. Esterson, a retired associate vice president in Baltimore of Prudential-Bache Securities, died Sunday of cancer his home in the Park Towers West Condominiums.

Services for Mr. Esterson, who was 76, will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Esterson retired Aug. 1 after being associated with the securities firm and predecessors since 1967.

He earlier served as vice president of the Cats Paw Rubber Co. with which he had been associated since the end of World War II.

Born in Norfolk, Va., but raised in Baltimore, he was a graduate of Forest Park High School and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

While a student at Penn, he was a bantamweight on the boxing team and won 17 of his 18 bouts.

He served in the Army in the Aleutians during World War II.

Fond of golf and bowling, he was a member of the Woodholme Country Club.

He also was a member of the Chizuk Amuno Congregation, where the Esterson Auditorium honors his parents.

He is survived by his wife, the former Sallye Josephs; three sons, Michael J. Esterson of Cherry Hill, N.J., Perry S. Esterson of Vienna, Va., and Scott G. Esterson of Agoura Hills, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

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