Class of 1942
Athletic Director (1963-66; 1977-80)
A 1942 West Point graduate, Ray Murphy is being honored for his work as an administrator and as a nine-time varsity letterwinner. He earned three letters each in football, basketball and lacrosse while capturing the Army Athletic Association trophy in 1942.
As a member of Army's football team, Murphy served as team captain his senior season and started at guard on both sides of the ball. He helped the lacrosse team to a 23-6 mark, including three wins against Navy.
He served five campaigns as commander of II Field Force Artillery and as Chief of Staff of II Field Force in Vietnam before retiring as a Major General in 1975.
Murphy was twice chosen to work as West Point's Athletic Director. His first stint as an administrator occurred from 1963 to 66 when Army compiled a winning percentage of .755. Among his hires was a young basketball coach, Robert Knight, who was among last year's inductees into the Army Sports Hall of Fame. Murphy was honored in 1967 with Sports Illustrated's 25th anniversary "All-America" award.
The Chief of Staff of the Army singled out Murphy to direct Army's athletic program for a second time from 1977 to 1980.