Resident and author Bob Murphy
Born a true Buckeye in Mansfield, Ohio in 1920 to parents who were both descendants of Ohio pioneers. Graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1938, DePauw University in 1942 with a major in chemistry and from the naval Reserve Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in 1943 as an Ensign. After attending a school for destroyer gunnery officers was assigned to duty on a destroyer then in Pearl Harbor. He was married to peg on December1, 1943 while on leave from his ship which went on to serve in the south pacific in the invasion of Guam, Palau and the Philippines.
After the war, much of his married life was spent in Mansfield, although there were work related moved to Danville, California and Bucyrus, Ohio. In 1980 he moved with Peg and daughter, Megan from Bucyrus to Worthington. Five years later he and Margaret moved to northwest Columbus and retired in 1986. In 2004 after Peg was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he moved with her to Kensington Place, part of what was then Lutheran Village. In 2007 they moved to the assisted living part of that campus, then part of Summits Trace Healthcare Center. After Peg’s death in 2012, he moved to Primrose not far from where they lived for many years.
In Robert’s spare time he has written and published a book “A long Farewell” which is about his complete life history.
by Angela Gardner
Life Enrichment Coordinator
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