Lauren Murphy, station manager of WUOT radio and a community volunteer,
died Friday at UT Medical Center after a year-long illness. She was

Murphy, who joined the University of Tennessee public relations staff in
1985, was also executive director of the Radio Center in UT's Office of
University Relations. She previously was executive assistant to the
Tennessee Commissioner of Human services and was a former news director of
Tennessee Radio Network.

"Lauren brought a new dimension of leadership and community involvement to
WUOT," Sammie Lynn Puett, vice president for public service, continuing
education and university relations, said. "For example, the popular jazz
series co-sponsored by WUOT and the Knoxville Museum of Art was her

"Lauren also was distinguished by her wide circle of friends. I know of no
other 10 persons whose friendships compared to hers in number, variety or
depth. Her sparkling personality and her sensitive, caring concern for
family and friends endeared her to all of us so fortunate to have been her

Murphy was a member of the 1992 Leadership Knoxville class and served on
the executive board of the United Way allocations committee for several
years. She also served on the board of directors of the Knoxville YMCA, the
Discovery Center and John Tarleton Children's Home. She was secretary of
Blacks in Public Radio, a national organization.

A native of Big Stone Gap, Va., she was a member of Trinity United
Methodist Church there.

She was active in Alpha Kappa Alpha service sorority and in the Society of
Professional Journalists, performing in several productions of the "Front
Page Follies," the journalists' annual roast of public officials. Murphy
was an accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of

A 1975 UT communications graduate, she was a member of the board of
the UT National Alumni Association Women's Council and the Black Alumni
Associates. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the Pride of the
Southland and concert bands. She was named outstanding senior in
broadcasting in 1975.

She is survived by a sister, Carmen Murphy Evans of Roanoke, Va.;
brother, Samuel R. Murphy Jr. of East Brunswick, N.J.; and an uncle,
Lawrence Knight, Annapolis, Md.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11a.m. Tuesday, July 26, in the
chapel of Church Street United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Lauren P.
Murphy Endowment Fund at WUOT, 237 Communications Bldg., UT, 37996. The
fund will support the advancement of public radio in East Tennessee.