Patricia McMurray

Patricia Eileen McMurray

Wednesday, July 10th, 1946 - Sunday, May 30th, 2021
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Patricia E. McMurray, a communications expert in the energy field, died of a heart attack she suffered while swimming on Sunday. She was 74 years old and lived in Rockville, MD.

Born in Pasadena, CA, Ms. McMurray graduated from Connecticut College and received a doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. McMurray was most recently a communications manager at the Department of Energy and enjoyed an extensive career writing and editing. She volunteered with a number of organizations, including the National Capital Area Chapter of the US Association of Energy Economics. Earlier, she worked in radio, at both The Voice of America and National Public Radio.

A lover of art and literature, Ms. McMurray was a docent at the National Gallery of Art and hosted annual readings of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. She was also a member of 4th Presbyterian Church.

She leaves her son, Bill; her grandchildren Peter, Will, Molly, and Lucy of Washington, D.C.; and her sister, Mary of Portland, OR.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Fourth Presbyterian Church
    5500 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20816
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  • Funeral Service

    Friday, June 4th, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Friday, June 4th, 2021 1:00pm
    Fourth Presbyterian Church
    5500 River Road
    Bethesda, MD 20816
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 10:00am
    Mount Auburn Cemetery
    580 Mt Auburn Street
    Cambrindge, MA 02138
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Rachel Goldstein

Posted at 03:32pm
I was so shocked and saddened to hear about Pat. I met Pat when I joined WCEE’s board right after grad school nearly 20 years ago. I loved her energy and optimism. She was so fun to connect with- and it was really impossible to be in a bad mood if she was around. I enjoyed seeing her at WCEE events over the years and can’t quite wrap my head around a WCEE event without her. I offer my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends

Colleen Newman

Posted at 02:26pm
Thank you for the zoom link. It was a beautiful ceremony. I loved the testimonies from her friends and Bill. All of them did such a great job of showing different facets of her life. There are no words for how much she will be missed by all of her friends and loved ones. - Colleen Newman

Jayne Brady

Posted at 09:55am
Jayne Brady Prescott
My heart is broken. I cannot believe that my coffee klatch, baseball loving, museum rat, Pat is gone. She was the most vivacious, intelligent, and loving friend to me and so many others. Her enthusiasm for life was infectious. The pandemic was cruel to so many but somehow, we all got through it and then God takes our Pat from us. Bill and Allison – you and your children were her pride and joy. Every time we chat, she shared that joy with me. Sending you love, hugs and sadly my sympathy.

Jeff Sich

Posted at 09:43am
Pat was a blessing in so many ways to our table in the Pastor's Class at Fourth Presbyterian. We all appreciated her thoughtful comments at our weekly discussions, but the love and concern she showed for each member of the table was even more powerful. Please accept my most sincere sympathy,

Jeff Sich
Cornelius, NC

Wallace Ragan

Posted at 09:11am
Pat was a special person in our lives, first through her beloved son, Bill, whom we taught at St Albans School, and for many years since as a cherished and generous friend. We enjoyed Pat’s wit, humor, and energetic presence at several Conn College reunions, holiday gatherings as part of her extended family, and, of course, the famous Memorial and Labor Day cookouts that graciously and cheerfully began and ended the “academic year” that we shared for so long. Her love for her son, his wonderful wife Allison, and her four dear grandchildren was always evident amidst her active life. Pat was a special person and a dear friend whose rich life-experience and depth of insight we shall miss greatly. May she rest in the peace and love of her Lord and Savior until we are reunited forevermore. Wally and Joan

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