Maroon Club Hall of Famer Stu Murray '57 Dies at age 82
EASTON, Pa. – Stuart “Stu” Murray, a Lafayette College Maroon Club Hall of Fame selection in basketball, passed away on Jan. 27 at the age of 82.
His playing career was highlighted by the Leopards’ first three post-season tournament appearances as he guided the program to a 66-15 record from 1954-57. In 1954-55, he helped lead his team to a 23-3 mark and an N.I.T. appearance (the first in school history) at Madison Square Garden. The 1955-56 team followed with a 20-7 record and a second straight N.I.T. berth.
His senior season was capped by the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth following a 22-5 campaign. That team won its final 15 regular-season games led by Murray who averaged 22.1 points per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and 84 percent from the foul line.
Following his time at Lafayette, he was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA in 1957. He went on to have a long career in education as a teacher and coach at Rancocas Valley Regional, Ewing, and Shawnee High Schools.
Born on Oct. 10, 1935, in Newark, N.J., Murray grew up in West Orange, N.J. and spent much of his later life in Mount Holly, N.J. Murray was inducted into the Maroon Club Hall of Fame in 1989-90.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 121 High St., Mount Holly. Relatives and friends are invited to his visitation 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Perinchief Chapels, 438 High St., Mount Holly. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, or to the Lafayette Maroon Club