Enduring Eye Street Friendships Inspire Scholarship Funds
Edward Murphy ’66
Thanks to teachers and coaches, Ed Murphy '66 learned many lessons while a student on Eye Street. One of the most valuable lessons, he says, is that, "Though I did not realize it as a boy, while at Gonzaga I was developing enduring friendships, which now makes me realize that Gonzaga is for life!" Ed has chosen to honor the memories of deceased classmates by establishing scholarship funds through his estate plans. In his own words, he explains why:
The Michael Kilduff '66 Scholarship Fund
"Mike was killed in Vietnam in September 1971. He was the center of my closest circle of friends. None of us was smarter, funnier, more insightful, or knew more about cars. Mike graduated from U.Va with a degree in history before he was drafted into the army. He was torn from his family and his friends so abruptly and terribly (as was our other classmate killed in Vietnam, Steve Shields). We were forever deprived of a young and engaging presence which had enriched us all. The scholarship was the best way for me to acknowledge his lasting impact and the loss for so many of us in the class of 1966."
The Thomas Liekweg '66 Scholarship Fund
"Denny was one of my closest friends at Gonzaga. We started in Father Bellwoar’s homeroom our first year and were together for three years in the Greek section. Denny was an editor of the Aquilian. No one was better in the rough and tumble of intramural scrimmages on the parking lot than Denny. The Aetonian has six photos devoted to intramurals. Denny is in three of them. His lightedhearted banter, his wit, intelligence, and success at Gonzaga gave no hint of the challenges that befell him not long after graduation. I provided the scholarship for Denny to commemorate our friendship and his contributions to Gonzaga. I also wanted something meaningful and positive to identify with his life, and not just the suffering and hardships which had plagued him."
And, lastly, Ed has provided for a scholarship in his own name:
The Edward Murphy '66 Scholarship Fund
"I provided for the scholarship in my name primarily out of ego. (Ego motivation is fine, if for a good cause.) I wanted to point to a substantial legacy continuing long after I was gone. The scholarship will also give a 14-year-old boy a shot at a great education and a unique experience which only Gonzaga can provide, one to share in common with his classmates and all alumni."
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