Friday, August 03, 2001

Past president of Thomas More College killed in crash

The Associated Press

        FOSTER — Monsignor John Murphy, a past president of Thomas More College and Catholic University of America, died in an auto accident in Bracken County, authorities said.

        Kentucky State Police said Deborah Reeder, 51, of Cold Spring, was traveling north on the AA Highway in a 1993 Chrysler van when her vehicle crossed the center line one mile south of Foster just before 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday and collided head-on with the southbound 1995 Buick driven by Monsignor Murphy.

        Monsignor Murphy, 78, of Crestview Hills, was pronounced dead at the scene by Bracken County Coroner John Parker.

        Ms. Reeder was in good condition at the University Hospital in Cincinnati on Thursday.

        Monsignor Murphy became chief executive officer of what was then Villa Madonna College in 1951, according to Rev. Gerald Twaddell, dean of Thomas More College.

        Monsignor Murphy was involved in a large number of changes at the college, including its move from downtown Covington to the new suburban campus. Along with that move was the change of name from Villa Madonna to Thomas More College. Monsignor Murphy was president of the college until 1971.

        The accident is under investigation by Kentucky State Police.


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