Lieutenant Commander Thomas "Tom" Joseph Murphy, age 88, of Chesterton,
Ind., passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.
Tom was born on
June 15, 1924 in Boston, Mass., to Thomas J. and Mary E. (Sullivan) Murphy,
both of whom preceded him in death.
He was married
on June 2, 1956 in Tokyo, Japan to Gay G. Gaydos, who resides in Chesterton,
Tom is survived
by his wife, Gay Murphy; brother, James Murphy of Florida; daughter, Shannon
G. Murphy of Sherman Oaks, Calif.; grandchildren, Kara Anne
Rodenhizer-Stampfli of Arlington, Va., John S. Rodenhizer II, and Thomas R.
Rodenhizer; grandson in-law, Sean A. Stampfli; and great-grandson, Aiden S.
He was preceded
in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Murphy; brothers, Edward and Bob
Murphy; sisters, Helen Dewey and Muriel Brady; and son Brian T. Murphy.
from Harvard and Tufts University and received his Ph.D. from the United
States Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif. Prior to his
retirement he was navigator of the U.S.S. Canberra CAG-2 and Commander of
the U.S.S. Reaper CAG-2. He received seven commendations while serving
during World War II and the Korean War. In 1960, Tom became a member of the
Royal Order of Magellan after navigating the U.S.S. Canberra around the
world. After retiring from the Navy, he became a professor of Physics at
Southern Connecticut University in New Haven, Conn.
Tom was a loving
husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Tom's passions were
reading, traveling, playing bridge, and telling his grandchildren how he
fell in love with their grandmother.
will be held Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. at Edmonds & Evans
Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton, Ind.
be held Sunday, December 9, 2012 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Burial will take
place at Arlington National Cemetery in Fort Meyer, Va., at a later date.
condolences may be left for the family at