John Hulen Murphy, Texas Newspaper Leader, Dies at 94


John Hulen Murphy, who oversaw the expansion of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association during a 30-year tenure with the organization, has died at 94.

Murphy died Saturday in Houston after a brief illness.

“The passing of John Murphy at the age of 94 is really the end of an era for the Texas newspaper industry,” said TDNA President Charles Moser of the Brenham Banner Press. “He had a huge role in promoting the newspaper industry during a time of great growth when he served TDNA from 1952 to 1984.”

While Murphy was with the newspaper association, it grew from 31 to 98 member newspapers. He traveled the state recruiting members, helping conduct training for staffers and working on legislative issues. At the time of his retirement, Murphy was executive vice president of TDNA.

Murphy remained active into his later years and attended the association’s annual meeting last March. He helped establish the John Murphy Award to honor copy editors.

A Galveston native, Murphy began his newspaper career in 1932 as a sportswriter at the Galveston Daily News. He joined the Houston Post as a copy editor in 1937 and a year later was named to the Post’s one-person Galveston bureau.

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church of Houston

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