In Memory of

Raymond

Leo

Harrington

"Ray"

Murphy,

Jr.

MD

Obituary for Raymond Leo Harrington "Ray" Murphy, Jr. MD

Raymond “Ray” Leo Harrington Murphy, Jr, of Chestnut Hill and Wareham, MA passed away on
February 26, 2024, at the age of 91 at the Parlin Hospice in Wayland, MA.
Ray was born in Flushing, New York, the son of Dr. Raymond and Alice (Clancy) Murphy. He
attended Regis High School and matriculated at Holy Cross where he was captain of the
swim team, graduating in 1954. Ray proudly served on the USS Forrestal as part of the
commissioning crew responsible for patrolling the Mediterranean Sea.
While Ray was on leave, he took the train back to NYC and met Margaret “Peggy” Ann Allen
who had finished her shift as a nurse at Flushing Hospital. They met, fell in love, and were
married in 1958. They welcomed son Ray III, and twins Ann & Michael followed by Maureen.
Ray earned his M.D. from New York University, completing his residency at St. Vincent’s
Hospital. Lifelong New Yorkers, Ray and Peggy decided to move their young family to Boston so
that Dr Ray could pursue a master’s degree at the Harvard School of Public Health. Alice and
Matthew arrived soon after making it an even six, like Ray’s family of origin.
As a young doctor with a family of eight, Ray made time for hugs, piggybacks, and help with
homework, tucking kids in with his trademark “Daddy loves you”. Dr Ray began his career in
Pulmonology, rising to Chief of Pulmonary Medicine at both the Faulkner and
Shattuck Hospitals. He also served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Occupational Medicine for
the Harvard School of Public Health and Associate Clinical Professor at Tufts University School
of Medicine. Dr Ray’s thoughtful, caring nature always shined through with patients and fellow
staff. He treated patients with dignity and respect, especially those with lung cancer and
tuberculosis nearing the end of life.
Recognizing the potential for technology to transform the analysis of lung sounds, Dr. Murphy
co-founded the International Lung Sounds Association (ILSA), which brought engineers and
medical experts together to accelerate the progress in this field and included conferences in
Helsinki, Finland, Haifa, Israel, Sydney, Australia, Tokyo, Japan, and Boston to name just a few.
Dr Ray's dissertation at Harvard School of Public Health on Asbestosis resulted in a change to
the national standard for the use of Asbestos in products so the incidence of disease could be
reduced. In 2006, due to his work advancing research of Occupational Lung Disease, he won
the ILSA Award and, in 2009 the Chadwick Medal from the MA Thoracic Society (President
1978-80) for his many accomplishments in his career as a pulmonologist, including many
publications in medical journals. In addition, Dr. Ray invented a stethoscope that captured and
analyzed lung sounds electronically to help limit the invasive nature of some hospital monitoring
systems and avoid unnecessary surgeries to improve outcomes.
An avid runner, Ray completed the Boston Marathon many times. He was a member of the
Greater Framingham Track Club, hosting breakfast runs, competing, and writing articles for the
newsletter. He authored “If You Felt Like I Did, You’d Start Running,” a book which included
practical advice and short stories about running. He then returned to swimming and competed in
the Senior Olympics, medaling in many events.
Ray was genuinely interested in the community, as evidenced by his big smile and twinkling
eyes upon meeting people. He loved to play the piano at the annual St Patrick’s Day parties
hosted in Wellesley, inviting the whole neighborhood and always ending up with a sing-along
with everyone gathered around the piano in the living room. He also took up painting, taking
lessons, and making portraits of all thirteen of the grandkids. Ray was at his happiest sitting on
the porch at Saltmarsh Lane and painting, while watching kids and grandkids play stickball,
swim, sail, and kayak. He led lots of dinnertime discussions that always included a life lesson.
Most notable was Ray’s positive spirit which will live on in the Murphy family. He will be
remembered as a thoughtful, gracious, and loving man whose matra was “Positive thoughts
only!”. His enthusiasm, humor, and quick wit will be greatly missed.
Ray leaves behind his loving wife Margaret Allen Murphy of Chestnut Hill & Wareham MA; son
Raymond Murphy of Falmouth MA, his wife Janet, grandchildren Meghan, Erin, and Caitlyn
Murphy; daughter Ann Postell of Roseville CA, grandchildren Ken, Erica & Matthew Postell; son
Michael Murphy of New York City; daughter Maureen Olsen of Medfield MA her husband Doug,
grandchildren Maggie Olsen, Anya Olsen-Brunot & her husband Michael; daughter Alice
Murphy of Wellesley MA & Warren VT, her husband Phil Stathos, grandchildren Nicholas,
Cameron & Alexander Stathos; son Matthew Murphy of Hingham & Mattapoisett MA, his wife
Jennifer, and grandchildren Christopher & Catherine Murphy; and his brother T. Jefferson
Murphy, JD and his wife Brenda of Kalamazoo, MI. He is predeceased by his sisters Alice
Murphy and Kathleen Mortlock, and brothers James Harrington Murphy, and Donal Murphy.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shattuckpartners.org.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 7 from 4-6 PM at the Henry J.Burke & Sons Funeral Home, 56
Washington St., Wellesley Hills, MA. A Mass will be held on Friday, March 8, at 10 AM at St.
John the Evangelist Church, 9 Glen Rd, Wellesley Hills, MA.