Centenary University’s first lady dies in tragic hit-and-run

Centenary University first lady Jeanne Murphy, wife of President Bruce Murphy, passed away Sunday. She was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

Since arriving at the Hackettstown university three years ago, the Murphys have been enthusiastic supporters of the school, and were familiar faces at many student and alumni events.

A retired U.S. Army colonel, Jeanne Murphy was devoted to her family, as well as working to advance the futures of Centenary University students and veterans. An Army nurse, her professional experience and knowledge of the field helped to inform the university’s new RN to BSN degree. She also took great joy in her dog, Weegee, who she adopted last year.

During her 30-year career in the military, Murphy served with distinction in many leadership roles. She was a member of the United States Olympic Committee board of directors and chaired the USOC Multi-Sport Organizations Council for 10 years. For the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, she was designated chef de mission for the U.S. Paralympic Team. A former competitive runner and swimmer, she was the first woman ever selected to the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team in 1975.

Arrangements will be announced at a later date.