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Douglas King Murphy

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Douglas King Murphy (83) of Palatine, IL died Wednesday, February 16, 2011 after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 1680 1st Street Arcadia, LA 71001 on Saturday, March 5, 2011. There will be a time of visitation from 10:00-11:30 am. A short service will follow & then a graveside service. Douglas was born on January 13, 1928 in Arcadia, LA. His parents were the late Wiley King and Beatrice Cathey Murphy. Douglas graduated from Arcadia High School in 1945. Douglas was a Technician 5th Grade Corporal in the United States Army in the Army of Occupation. He then attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston. He graduated from Louisiana Tech in 1950 and received a BA degree in Liberal Arts. He graduated with Departmental Honors – academic honors in Speech. He also received his MA degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. He started his teaching career at Arlington Heights High School in 1954 & stayed until it closed its doors in 1984. Douglas was active in the theatre program at AHS and was instrumental in developing talented students and fostering lifelong interests in the theatre and stage. Douglas worked as an Office Assistant for the Village of Barrington Public Works Department from 1989 until he retired from Barrington in 2006. He was selected by his co-workers as Public Works Employee of the Year in 1990. According to his boss, John Heinz, he made a huge difference in the lives of all PW employees and Barrington residents. He was honored by the President and Village Board with a proclamation recognizing his years of service. He was an avid theater and movie “goer” and would travel to New York City, stay for a week at the same hotel in Greenwich Village every year. While he was there he would see up to 15 stage productions both on and off Broadway. Doug would go to several stage productions in Chicago as well. He just enjoyed the craft of acting, directing and the production in general. Left to cherish his memories, Douglas is survived by his brother-in-law, Roy Rood of Jupiter, FL; one niece, Vanessa (Ken)Mortensen of Jupiter, FL; Nephew, Nelson (Shari) Rood of Scottsdale, AZ; six great nieces, one great nephew & one great-great niece as well as a host of other family & friends. In Lieu of flowers please make a donation in Douglas’ honor to the First United Methodist Church, Arcadia, LA 71001, Habitat for Humanity or to the charity of the giver’s choice.

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