Peter John Murray, a resident of Larchmont for over 20 years, died suddenly on June 7th, at the age of 58. Born in Bronx, NY, in 1950, Peter was a graduate of Fordham Preparatory School and Fordham University. After college he joined the staff of Newsweek and later was employed by the American Broadcasting Corporation, where he spent the remainder of his career, rising to the position of Vice President of Public Relations. Peter elected to take early retirement from ABC eleven years ago to spend more time with his family and has been an active member of the community, particularly as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 4 of Larchmont. He was also a member of St. Augustine Parish and the Larchmont Shore Club.
It was in his role as Scoutmaster that Peter became so well known in the community. Having guided a pack of 20 or so young Cub Scouts through their elementary school years, he saw a need for a middle and high school troop based in Larchmont. A previous version of Troop 4 had gone out of existence decades earlier, and Peter became the driving force behind the organization and leadership of this revived troop, which he started in May 2002 with the assistance of some other fathers. His work shepherding and mentoring this group of boys culminated this year with the promotion of five boys to Eagle Scout, including his son Dan, and the expected promotion, pending completion of requirements, of two others. The current Assistant Scoutmasters are determined to carry on Peter’s good work and have made plans to ensure the continuity of the Troop.
Peter is survived by his wife, Margaret Mark Murray, president of Margaret Mark Strategic Insight, a brand development company based in Larchmont, as well as by his son, Daniel, and daughter, Katherine, both 18. In addition, he leaves a brother, James, and twin sisters, Frances Tavolilla and Margaret Murray. The latter is married to Andrew Innes and also lives in Larchmont. Peter was predeceased by another brother Robert, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his army service during the Vietnam War, in particular for saving the lives of several others when he made the ultimate sacrifice by throwing himself on an exploding hand grenade.