R. G. Murdy, Social Security worker

The obituary published Sunday for Ralph G. Murdy should have said that his surviving children were from his first marriage.

The Sun regrets the error.


Ralph G. Murdy, a retired national chief of protective security for the Social Security Administration and a former deputy commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department, died Jan. 30 of cancer at his Timonium home.

Mr. Murdy, who was 71, retired in 1983 after a decade at Social Security.


In 1966, Maj. Gen. George M. Gelston, the adjutant general of Maryland, who had just been named interim police commissioner in a reorganization of the Baltimore Police Department, asked Mr. Murdy to be his deputy for administration.

Mr. Murdy oversaw fiscal affairs, personnel, training, internal investigations and community relations.

He had been involved with the governor's committee to investigate the Police Department and had been managing director of the Criminal Justice Commission since 1959.

Mr. Murdy had been president of the Maryland Probation, Parole and Corrections Association and the National Association of Citizens Crime Commissions.

When he joined Social Security in 1973, he had been on leave from the Police Department and was Director of the Mayor's Coordinating Council on Criminal Justice, a post he had held since 1972.

Then-mayor William Donald Schaefer complimented him for his work on the council, including developing good working relation

ships among city and state officials dealing with crime control and justice in the city.

A native of New York City, Mr. Murdy became a clerk for the FBI in 1941 and returned to the post after serving as an Army officer in Europe. His decorations included the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.


He became a special agent for the FBI after graduating from Fordham University and was transferred to Baltimore in 1951.

He earned a master's degree at the Johns Hopkins University in 1967 and taught courses at the University of Maryland College Park, Baltimore City Community College and Coppin State College.

Last summer, he donated his books on criminal justice to the Hopkins library. He was a member of the Maryland Historical Society.

A memorial service was to be held at 2 p.m. today at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Towson, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road.

He is survived by his wife, the former Josephine Hoover McGuire; two sons, Ralph M. Murdy of Baltimore and Edward O. Murdy of Bethesda; a daughter, Kathleen Bender of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.