Retired Coin World columnist Col. William Bain Murray, 96, has died.
Murray died Nov. 16, 2015, three days after his 96th birthday.
Murray authored a column for Coin World from March of 1976
until filing his final column on his 90th birthday, Nov. 13, 2010.
The column originally was titled “The New-Mismatist,” but in 1993
was changed to “The New Collector.”
Col. Murray had written a column for Numismatic Scrapbook
magazine since the June 1974 issue and then in Coin World
starting in March 1976 after the monthly Numismatic Scrapbook
was folded into the pages of Coin World.
Col. Murray was an advocate for new collectors, whether they were
young or adult, just as long as they were beginning their hobby
journey. He was the 1996 recipient of the Clemy Award, the highest
honor of the Numismatic Literary Guild.
Born in Harvard, Ill., he lived in Laguna Beach, Calif., before
starting his military career. He served in the Pacific Theater during
World War II and retired from the Army in 1972.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Hershey Murray; son Bill and
daughter-in-law Charlotte Murray; daughter Mary and son-in-law Ed
Shugert; daughter Donna Covey; and several grandchildren.
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