John E. Murray, Jr.

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John E. Murray, Jr.
11th President of Duquesne University
In office
May 1988 – May 2001
Preceded by Rev. Donald S. Nesti
Succeeded by Charles J. Dougherty
Chancellor of Duquesne University
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 2001
Personal details
Born (1932-12-20) December 20, 1932 (age 81)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma mater La Salle University (1955)
Catholic University of America (1958)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (1959)
Religion Roman Catholic

John E. Murray, Jr. (born December 20, 1932) is the Chancellor and a Professor of Law at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. He is a former dean of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Villanova University School of Law, as well as a former president of Duquesne University.

Duquesne presidency[edit]

Murray was president of Duquesne University from 1988 to 2001, serving what the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette referred to as an "extraordinary tenure" that set "a standard of excellence and achievement that is truly remarkable and may prove hard to equal."[1] During his administration, Duquesne grew from a small, financially distressed Catholic university to a major research institution with over 10,000 students, a significant endowment, and numerous new buildings and facilities.[2]

Scholarly career[edit]

Murray has written a treatise on contracts and sales, Murray on Contracts (ISBN 0820551252), which is used by law students and practicing attorneys across America and has been cited in opinions by courts in numerous jurisdictions, including the United States Supreme Court.[3] He also is the principal author of the supplements for the landmark multiple-volume treatise Corbin on Contracts (ISBN 0314284338). In addition, he has written 19 books and numerous law-review articles on the law of contracts and sales. In 1992, he teamed with a former law student, Jon Hogue, to practice law and is a named principal and consulting partner in the Pittsburgh law firm of Murray, Hogue and Lannis. He was appointed in 2004 as a representative to the Oversight Authority for the City of Pittsburgh by Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell.[4] Murray received the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award at the Eighth Annual International Conference on Contracts in Fort Worth in February, 2013. [5]

Personal life[edit]

A native of Philadelphia, Murray lives in Whitehall, Pennsylvania with his wife Liz, a Villanova graduate. He has four children and six grandchildren.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Editorial: Murray to Dougherty / Duquesne's new leader inherits a stronger school". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2001-08-18. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  2. ^ Chute, Eleanor (2001-04-27). "Duquesne's Murray bids farewell to alums". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  3. ^ "Murray on Contracts" (PDF). Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Retrieved 2007-10-09. 
  4. ^ "Governor Rendell names Duquesne Chancellor Murray to Pittsburgh oversight authority". PA PowerPort (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania). February 2004. Retrieved 2007-10-09. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Newsmaker: John E. Murray Jr.". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. 2013-03-02. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 

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Preceded by
Rev. Donald S. Nesti
President of Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit
1988–2001
Succeeded by
Dr. Charles J. Dougherty