Thomas David Murphy, a building operations manager and longtime Rodgers Forge resident, died Monday of respiratory failure at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 59.
Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Murphy was a 1964 graduate of Archbishop Curley High School.
He served as an Army stenographer in Alaska from 1967 to 1970, when he was discharged with the rank of specialist.
After earning his bachelor's degree in 1973 from what is now Towson University, Mr. Murphy went to work in real estate sales and management, eventually becoming a certified property manager.
He worked for B. J. & G.W. Frederick Inc., and for the last decade, for Colliers Pinkard, where he was director of operations for Legg Mason's headquarters building in downtown Baltimore.
His professional memberships included being an active member and former president of the Maryland Board of Realtors.
Mr. Murphy had recently returned from New Orleans where he and a daughter had volunteered helping victims of Hurricane Katrina.
He was a dog and cat fancier and enjoyed traveling.
Mr. Murphy was a communicant and volunteer at St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church in Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday.
Surviving are his wife of 22 years, the former Elena Latham; two daughters, Meghan P. E. Murphy and Caroline A.M. Murphy, both of Rodgers Forge; two brothers, Kevin C. Murphy of Decatur, Ill., and Daniel J. Murphy of Birmingham, Ala.; and a sister, Sharon E. Naylor of Towson.