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Douglas Robert Murray, M.D.

June 19, 1934July 21, 2020

Douglas Robert Murray, M.D. passed away on July 21, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Muskegon, Michigan, the son of William Edmund Murray and Florence Billings Murray. In high school, he lettered in basketball, baseball and was quarterback of the football team. He attended the University of Michigan on an Academic Athletic scholarship where he also played football for the Wolverines. He completed his medical training at the University of Michigan. His surgical training took him to St. Luke’s Hospital—Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, followed by two years of service at Little Rock, Arkansas Air Force base as a U.S. Air Force Medical Officer, Captain. His training then took him to New York Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital for a fellowship in surgical oncology. He practiced surgical oncology for thirty-six years at Winship Cancer Center, Emory University, retiring as Professor Emeritus. He retired from the Veterans Administration Hospital, Decatur, Georgia in 2018. He was a member of numerous professional surgical organizations. Surviving him are his wife, Judith, and four children: Ann Murray, Linda Kelly, John Murray (Paige) and Stephen Murray (Celeste); Six grandchildren: William Kelly, Laura Kelly, Rachel Kelly, Madison Murray, Megan Murray and Cade Murray. The family welcomes condolences at the H. M. Patterson & Son-Oglethorpe Hill Chapel website (www.dignitymemorial.com). The family invites support of the Judith J. and Douglas R. Murray Surgical Oncology Melanoma Research Fellowship Endowment, Emory University, Office of Gift Records, 1762 Clifton Road, NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Donations can be made online by visiting the Winship Cancer Institute Honor or Memorial Giving webpage, clicking “other” in the “Please designate my gift” field, and typing in ‘Murray Fellowship Endowment.”


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Douglas Robert Murray, M.D.

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August 5, 2020

Judy and Family,
I am truly saddened by your loss. Judy and Dr. Murray exemplified what true friends and kind humans should be. I am forever grateful for the kindness they showed me.

John Karluk

Colleen Houlihan

August 2, 2020

I met Doctor Murray when I was a very young nurse. Over the years he's taught me so costly such but mostly the value of a kind word and a gentle gesture. It put a smile on my face every time I saw him. May your memories of him give you comfort in the days and weeks ahead. You are so blessed to have had him all these years, and I know he's looking after you from heaven.

Joanne Van Duys

August 2, 2020

I first met Dr. Murray when I came to work at Emory University Hospital as an anesthetist in 1985. He was mild mannered, soft spoken, and so kind and caring to his patients. He respected the contribution that others who worked with him made, and always thanked me for my service at the end of the day. He was a fine surgeon and ever a gentleman. I will remember him with highest esteem.

Pamela Neal Raines

July 31, 2020

I am saddened to hear that Dr. Murray has passed away. He treated me (successfully) for Melanoma in 1979. When I returned to Winship in 2007 for Lymphoma treatments, I searched for him to say "Hi", but was told he had retired just weeks before. Again, I had a successful outcome at Winship.
I was so sad not to be able to see him again and thank him for his good care of me. I hoped he had opened a new chapter of retirement fun in his life.
My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to Mrs. Murray and the family. You had a very special man and an excellent physician in your life.
God speed,
Pam Raines

joe miller jr

July 31, 2020

Judy and family,

Doug was my partner for 41 years at Emory before they required me to retire because of age, and I went to Piedmont. More than that, he was my friend and surgical companion both in and out of the OR. I kidded him and told him I saw his brother, Gordan, more than he did.
He was the best and a wonderful friend. He will be greatly missed.

Louise and Joe Miller

Suzanne Randolph

July 30, 2020

Dr Murray saved our sons life when he was 17. We are forever grateful to Dr. Murray for his precision & exemplary surgical skills + he was a fine gentleman.
RIP-you are forever in our hearts, Dr Murray 🙏

Angela Russ

July 29, 2020

I met Dr. Murray in June of 2000, the year I was diagnosed with cancer. He had a kind heart, had a calming presence, and a genuine loving manner in the way he spoke. There will never be another one like him and I was honored and blessed to have known him. Prayers being lifted to his family as I know he will be sorely missed.

Lisa Cohen

July 29, 2020

To the Murray Family—
I was an OR nurse at Emory University Hospital for many years. Dr. Murray’s gentle manner, quiet confidence, and warm smile put his patients at ease during a stressful time. He was a dedicated and skilled surgeon who always had a kind word for everyone . Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss.

Richard Colvin

July 29, 2020

Judy & family, I was deeply saddened to learn of Doug's death. As a radiologist at Emory University Hospital for 35 years, I worked closely with Doug on numerous occasions. Additionally, he guided my mother through her challenge with cancer, and she thought the world of him. In addition to being a superb physician, Doug was a true gentleman who loved people almost as much as they loved him. Anyone who did not know Doug has no idea how much more enriched his/her life would have been had they known Doug Murray.
May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with the Murray family,
Dick Colvin

carol pucciano

July 29, 2020

The Pucciano's are saddened by the loss of Doug. We remember meeting you all at Marist, a long time ago. We shared a lot of great memories during that time and I always loved seeing Judy in the gift shop at Emory and talking about the children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.
Carol, Fred, Tommy and Jeff Pucciano


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