Father Lawrence Bernard Murphy, SJ, longtime teacher at Loyola High School and parish priest at St. Brendan's Church, Los Angeles, entered into God's peace October 18 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif. He was 90, a Jesuit for 65 years, and a priest for 53 years.
Father Murphy was born in San Pedro, Calif., September 27, 1927, the third of five children of William and Georgiana McLaughlin Murphy. He graduated from Loyola High School in an accelerated wartime program and received his BS in chemistry from Loyola University, Los Angeles in 1948. After working as a chemist for several firms the in the Los Angeles area, including Technicolor Corporation, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate at Los Gatos in 1952.
His studies as a Jesuit took him from Los Gatos to Spokane (MS, chemistry, Gonzaga, 1957) to Weston College (Massachusetts) for theological studies. He was ordained a priest in Blessed Sacrament Church, Hollywood, June 10, 1964.
Except for a two-year period of teaching chemistry at Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, 1958-50, Fr. Murphy's ministry was located in Los Angeles. He returned to his alma mater, Loyola High School, in 1966 teaching chemistry and biology until 1991. He then became assistant director of the Jesuit Seminary Association, helping to fund the training of young Jesuits from his Los Angeles office (1992-97). He served as pastoral minister in local parishes, especially at St. Brendan's Church, where he was in residence from 2007 until 2013. He moved to Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, in 2013 for a ministry of prayer.
Father Murphy is survived by his sister, Dee Meyer, of Los Angeles. In addition, his survivors include 28 nieces and nephews, and 169 grandnephews and grandnieces.
Mass of Christian Burial was held November 11, at St. Brendan's Church, Los Angeles. Burial occurred at the Jesuit plot, Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, Santa Clara.
Donations in Father Murphy's name can be sent to the Rev. Lawrence B. Murphy, S.J. '45 Scholarship Fund, Loyola High School, 1901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90006 attn. to Larry's Fund or go online to https://www.loyolahs.edu/make-a-gift/ and note Fr. Murphy's name in the comments field.