Cumberland Times-News

January 11, 2013

Zihlman couple’s bequest to Allegany College of Maryland exceeds $350,000

George and Naomi Murphy Scholarships will be administered by ACM Foundation

For the Cumberland Times-News
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — A large bequest by the late Naomi and George Murphy of Zihlman will make it possible for numerous students to attend Allegany College of Maryland for many years to come.

Mr. Murphy died in early 2012 just days before his 99th birthday, and Mrs. Murphy died a dozen years earlier. Their donation, which exceeds $350,000, will provide scholarships for students enrolled in continuing education as well as credit programs.

The George and Naomi Murphy Scholarships are funded through a charitable trust created by the couple in estate planning with their bank. Two-thirds of the funds to be distributed are earmarked for scholarships that support students in credit programs. Administered by the ACM Foundation, they will be in the amount of $2,000 each.

Full-time or part-time credit students who apply must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who carry a minimum 2.0 grade-point average.

The remaining one-third of annual funds will assist students in continuing education programs and will be administered by the Center for Continuing Education.

“We are truly appreciative of the generosity demonstrated by George and Naomi Murphy,” said David Jones, the ACM Foundation’s executive director.

“This endowed scholarship will allow credit and continuing education students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to better their lives and our community.”

George Murphy was a Catherman’s Business School graduate who retired as the business account manager from Casselman Motor Co. and Billy Bender Chevrolet in Grantsville.

Naomi (Aldridge) Murphy, who died in 1999 after she and her husband celebrated 60 years of marriage that June, had worked for the Celanese Corp. of America, A&P stores, Peoples Life Insurance and Hager’s Fruit Market.

Together, the couple owned and operated a dairy farm in Greenville Township, Pa.

Mr. Murphy was elected to the Greenville Township School District board of directors, where his service included the office of secretary. He also was a director of the Southern States Cooperative in Grantsville, where the native Garrett Countian had graduated from high school.

He was a combat veteran of World War II with service in the European theater.

A member of Mount Savage United Methodist Church and its women’s circle, Mrs. Murphy served the congregation as a youth group leader. While living in Pennsylvania, she was a volunteer leader in 4-H.

Mrs. Murphy, who was born and raised in Mount Savage, was also a homemaker and knitted and sewed clothes for friends and family.

The first George and Naomi Murphy Scholarships will be awarded by the ACM Foundation in the 2013-14 academic year.

For more information, call 301-784-5200.