My Dad is Famous

My dad is one of my heroes. Of course, most everyone likes their father but not everyone's father has done what he has done for me. We didn't have anything close to a perfect life and we didn't always agree. He has always been a good example.

He has always been civic and community oriented. In the past couple of years, he has been winning awards and recognition for some of his efforts. I'm sure he would rather not make a big todo of it, but I'm proud he's my dad. Here is a clipping about him.

'CitiSun' prescribes helpful habit

by Dan Chabek, Correspondent
(reprinted without permission (he is MY dad) from the "Lakewood Sun Post" 01-Feb-1996)

Edwin M. Murphy, a friendly pharmacist who supports an unbridled, longstanding habit - a good one, called volunteerism - has been named CitiSun of the Year for 1995 for the Lakewood Sun Post.

Murphy was honored Wednesday at Cleveland State University's Murphy was honored Wednesday at Cleveland State University's Convocation Center as one of the winners representing 22 Sun Newspapers. His beneficent undertakings are varied but they often tie in with his daily work.

As a pharmacist for the past 36 years, Murphy has made scores of volunteer community presentations on health and pharmacy related topics, including generic drugs and the prevention of children's accidental poisonings.

He exemplifies the old-time hometown druggist who always was concerned about the welfare of his remedy seekers in a personal way. Murphy's customers, young and old, see him as "compassion's sidekick" - never too busy to listen and forever eager to improve an ailing one's lot through the knowledge acquired during his lengthy career.

As a volunteer, Murphy managed all order and inventory responsibilities at the Lakewood Christian Service Center for eight years, and was a member of the organization's board of directors from 1986-91.

He actively has participated in the American Foreign Students Program as a backup family, hosting five foreign students here during recent years.

A further extension of his volunteerism is reflected in his religious activities. He has served Lakewood's Grace Presbyterian Church as deacon, moderator of deacons, elder and Sunday school teacher. Currently, he chairs two of the church's key committees - long-range planning, and wills and endowments.

Murphy's latest volunteer project is worldwide, in scope. This year, through his Metro-West Kiwanis Club affiliation, he is heading Ohio's role in a $75 million international Kiwanis fund-raising campaign to combat iodine-deficiency disorders affecting 1.5 billion people around the globe, 750 million of whom are children.

"It's mostly about improving the health of youngsters abroad," Murphy said. "And I feel I have a responsibility outside of the workplace to help children.

"Although we, in America, conquered these disorders in the 1920s and 1930s, there are many backward countries where there is no such protection."

While goiters commonly are the outside sign of this serious lack of iodine, more importantly there are accompanying physical debilities and mental retardation, according to Murphy.

Many additional hours of free-time service in helping assist the less fortunate have been chalked up through other office responsibilities he has carried within the Kiwanis organization throughout the last 10 years. These ranged from numerous local and divisional chairmanships to those on the statewide and international levels.

Lastly, sparked by a longtime avid hobby interest in Civil War history, Murphy has been making as many as 12 free presentations each year to area schools, nursing homes, and service clubs. Besides his narration, these include a display of period uniforms and other related mementos he has collected.

His knowledge of the war between the states has been advanced by avocational posts he has held, including president of the Western Reserve Civil War Roundtable, adjutant of the Midwest Region of North-South Skirmish Association, and commander and adjutant of the 5th Ohio Voluntary Infantry. He also competes in marksmanship matches involving historical Civil War military weaponry.

Murphy was born 60 years ago on Cleveland's West Side and came to Lakewood as a child. He was one of three children born to Edwin Sr. and Mary (nee Higgins) Murphy, whose forbears migrated to America from Ireland's County Cork before the Irish potato famine of the 1840s.

Our subject chose a career in pharmacy in 1959 after a preference test taken as a student at St. Edward High School showed him leaning toward science and social services.

His first job in the field was for Standard Drug. He became a druggist for Revco when that company bought out Standard in 1962. Since 1972, he has been employed by Discount Drug Mart, working at two locations in Lakewood before being transferred to its Westlake store a year ago. In addition, he frequently substitutes, when needed, at other units of the drug chain.

Murphy now lives in Rocky River with his wife Marilyn (nee Sheridan), of Hornell, N.Y. They were married in 1975 and have seven children. Murphy's brother James is a County Common Pleas Court judge in Akron and his sister Margaret is a retired nurse in Cleveland.

This CitiSun of the Year also is the recipient of still another recent citation, presented to him in Columbus by Wyeth Ayerst, one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies.

It is the 1995 Bowl of Hygeia Award, a trophy that each year recognizes one pharmacist from each state for outstanding community service.