Marion Kirschner Murphy, the first staff member to join the
Kirschner Murphy was hired in 1964 before the UC Irvine campus was officially opened, and spent more than a decade with the School as both an executive administrative assistant to Engineering’s first dean, Robert Saunders, and as a student counselor and advisor. Many times, she would accompany the associate dean to high schools and community colleges to recruit students and promote the new UC Irvine School of Engineering.
After retiring in the mid-1970s, Kirschner Murphy enjoyed traveling, as well as volunteering at
As per her request, there will not be a formal memorial service; instead her ashes will be scattered at sea.