Joseph Murdy dead at age 67

Posted: Wednesday, July 02, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Joseph Murdy, who was active in politics his whole life, has died at the age of 66.

Murdy died June 25 at his Anchorage home.

Murdy was born Sept. 29, 1935, in Acworth, N.H. He moved to Ketchikan in 1978 and spent the rest of his life in Alaska. He lived in Juneau during the late 1980s and moved to Anchorage in 1990.

He was a candidate for City Council in Ketchikan, ran for the state Senate from Anchorage, worked for various legislators in Juneau, campaigned for governors and other political figures in Alaska and served on the Anchorage Assembly from 1993 to 1999.

After leaving the Anchorage Assembly, he was hired by Mayor George Wuerch as director of development for public works and was recently promoted to executive director of building safety and public works.

He was elected vice president of the Alaska Municipal League in 1995 and served as its president in 1996. He remained on the board until 1999.

In his private life, he managed construction projects and owned and operated restaurants.

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