Obituary of William J. Murphy
William J. Murphy, Ph.D.
Of Shadyside on Sunday, June 02, 2019, age 91.
Beloved husband of Barbara A. Byers of Shadyside; father of Pamela E. Murphy
of Asti, Italy, Cynthia D. Murphy (David Von Hofen) of Coraopolis, and Carl W.
Murphy (Marji) of Mt. Lebanon; grandfather of William Gargiulo of Asti, Italy, Alica and
Graham Von Hofen of Coraopolis, and Mariah and Christian Murphy of Mt. Lebanon; great
grandfather of Savannah Redzanic of Coraopolis; brother of Jacqueline Dauw of Pontiac
Michigan; also survived by nieces and nephews. Dr. Murphy received his B.S in
Metallurgical Engineering, Wayne State University, 1949, M.S in Metallurgical
Engineering, Lehigh University, 1951 and Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering Lehigh
University, 1955. He was a member of several professional societies and honor societies
including Sigma Xi and Tau Beta Pi. He was Assistant Professor in the Department of
Metallurgical Engineering, Lehigh University from1955 to1957, then employed by
United States Steel for 28 years at their Research Lab in Monroeville. His final position
with USS was as Director of Corporate Research and Technical Services. He then
became Vice President of Operations, R. J. Lee Group Inc. from1987 to 1993,
after which he continued as a management and technical consultant to that company.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Dr. Murphy’s name to Bike Pittsburgh,