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Marie Murphy

Female 1922 - 2004  (82 years)

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  • Name Marie Murphy 
    Born Feb 13, 1922  Brockton, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died Sep 11, 2004  Albuquerque, Bernalillo county, New Mexico, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Obituary:
      HIRST --  MARIE HIRST DIES AT HOME IN ALBUQUERQUE Albuquerque, NM -- Marie Hirst, 82, a driving force in New Mexico's business community for more than 30 years, died at her home in Albuquerque on Saturday, September 11, 2004. She was president and founder of the Hirst Company; now Hirst Cordova Public Relations. She started the company in New York in 1965, moving her headquarters to Albuquerque in 1971. No services are planned at this time. Born Marie Murphy in Brockton, Massachusetts February 13, 1922, she was a bride at 17, a mother at 19 and a widow at 23. Her first husband, Francis S. Roan, an Air Force gunner, was killed in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II. Turning tragedy into a triumph, she enrolled in the Williams School of Business in Brockton, MA and began work as a secretary at the Northeast School of Aeronautics, a school that trained pilots under the GI Bill. She kept up her studies and worked while caring for her sick mother, two sisters and her daughter, Paula. Displaying a knack for administration, she quickly became director of the flight school. She also learned to fly aircraft including 65-hoursepower training planes, a twin-engine Cessna and even helicopters. She tested and received her pilot's license in 1950. Her first foray into public relations came when she was tapped by the U.S. Air Force to promote jet aircraft and jet travel. She went through high altitude training at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts taking classroom instruction and in-flight training in February of 1957. She later flew with the Right Stuff's Chuck Yeager and went on to become one of the first women to fly a jet, a T-33, for which she became an honorary colonel. She officially joined the public relations profession in 1952 moving to Boston to work at Newsome & Company, one of the oldest and largest PR firms in New England. Newsome & Company is the predecessor in Boston of today's giant, Hill & Knowlton. Four years later she was named the company's first female vice president. She credited Newsome with one of the cornerstones of her business philosophy, "If you can't have a couple of good laughs a day, what's the sense of coming to work?" One of the first women invited to join the Advertising Club of Boston; she was a member of numerous committees and received the group's nomination as advertising executive of the year. She was an often sought after speaker for many groups and organizations in the Boston area. It was during this time she adopted another hobby, racecar driving. She was a long-time member of the Sports Car Club of America and even made minor repairs and tuned up her own racer. She was a founding member of the Sports Car Drivers Education Council, a group developed to promote driver education among teens. Asked why she pursued these hobbies, she replied, "It's where the boys were." She was married to John Stuart Cloud at the time, that marriage ending in divorce. ....
      Albuquerque Journal, Sept. 19, 2004
    Person ID I164252  mykindred
    Last Modified Nov 16, 2009 

    Family John Stuart Cloud,   b. Oct 25, 1914, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 15, 2007, Medford, Middlesex county, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Divorced Abt 1960 
    Family ID F54209  Group Sheet

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