RETIRED NORTHEAST SECTION International Vice President Michael S. Murphy passed away Nov. 27. He was 71. He retired Sept. 1, 2004 after 36 years as a Boilermaker member. Murphy was the father of former IVP-NE Sean Murphy.
He entered into the Local 154 (Pittsburgh) apprenticeship program in 1968, graduating in 1972. Murphy was elected L-154's Vice President in 1978, and also appointed Assistant Business Manager. In 1984, he was elected Business Manager and served there until his election to IVP-NE in 1994. He was reelected at succeeding consolidated conventions, serving a total 20 years as an International Vice President.
While serving as IVP-NE, Murphy chaired the Northeast Area Agreement Negotiating Committee and served on the National Joint Apprenticeship Board, MOST Executive Committee and as a Trustee on the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust.
International President Newton B. Jones said Murphy had a strong commitment to the Northeast and demonstrated a gift for leadership during his 20 years as IVP. "We send our thoughts and prayers to the family. He will be missed."