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Bryce Elliot McMurry ’47

Bryce Elliot McMurry, premedical training 1945–47, April 27, 2012, in Lake Forest Park, Washington. Bryce graduated from University of Washington in 1941 and went directly into military service at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida. After flight training, he was transferred to Washington, D.C., where he served as a pilot for various officials—including one who would become a good friend, Admiral Richard Byrd. Bryce retired from active duty in 1945 and came to Reed to prepare for medical school at the University of Oregon. He did an internship and residency at Doctors Hospital in Seattle and served on the Hope Ship in Peru. Wanting to assist his patients in recovering from psychological trauma, he completed a residency in psychiatry at Northwestern Medical School and the University of Washington. He practiced psychiatry at Northwest Hospital until retiring in 1990 and was recognized as a Life Fellow and Diplomat in his field. Bryce and Ellen Loomis married in 1942 and raised a daughter and three sons, including Kevin McMurry ’77 (spouse Diane Freeman Siegel McMurry ’79). In retirement, the couple lived in Ocean Park, Washington. Bryce was a charter member of the Long Beach Peninsula Rotary Club and a member of St. Peter Episcopal Church. He also enjoyed sports and climbed Mount Rainier in his 50s. “Bryce loved life and was grateful for every opportunity to serve others.” Survivors include his wife and children, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2012

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