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Phillip K. Murthe ’55

Phillip Murthe ’55, of cancer, February 20, 2001, in Portland. After graduating from Reed, he worked for Standard Insurance Company as a manager in the policy owners service department. Beginning in 1960, he also played bass for the Oregon Symphony, a position he held for 30 years. In 1973, he became director of Portland’s Community Music Center, which was established in 1957 by the Portland Parks and Recreation Department to provide music classes for all ages. In 1982, he resigned from the center to devote more time to his work with the Oregon Symphony. He is survived by a cousin.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2001

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