J. Richard MacMurray, former City Council president, dies at 79


Long Beach and Delray Beach, Fla. resident J. Richard MacMurray died on November 2. He was 79.

MacMurray graduated from the Brooklyn Preparatory School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of the Holy Cross. He then received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School and established a solo practice in Long Beach.

During his career, he also served with honor as a member of the board of directors of Peninsula National Bank, Norstar Bancorp, and Long Beach Memorial Hospital. In 1976, he was elected City Council president.

MacMurray served as a member of the parish council at St. Ignatius Martyr Church, president of the Long Beach Lawyers Association, president of the Long Beach Lions Club and relished his years teaching business law as an adjunct professor at Molloy College.

He is survived by his family and friends. At the family’s request, services are private. Those who so wish may make a donation in his name to the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.