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First Employee Leaves Lasting Gift:
Nursing Program Gains Support Through Marian Murph’s Estate Plan

Marian MurphMarian Murph came to the University of South Carolina at Spartanburg on April 19, 1967 as its first employee. She served as secretary and office manager to the director, administrative assistant to the chancellor, and finally as director of alumni affairs, retiring in June 1984. During this time she gave her time and her heart to this fledgling university, as she welcomed distinguished visitors to the campus, made many friends and solved numerous problems. Murph was known for her warm, outgoing personality, her keen intelligence, and her fine character, which all reflected great credit on the university. Marian Murph passed away in August 2011, but her commitment to USC Upstate lives on as a lasting legacy of service. 

Murph had a passion for the nursing program at USC Upstate, and this was reflected in her desire to establish an endowed fund for nursing students. Establishing this fund during her lifetime allowed her the opportunity to see it being utilized, and now in her passing, the provision she made to remember USC Upstate in her estate plan allows this fund to remain in place in perpetuity, assisting nursing students for many years into the future.

In a bequest to the USC Upstate Foundation, Marian Murph left her home and land, as well as the residual of her estate, to be sold and the proceeds added to her nursing fund. This generous gift will serve as a reminder to all those that come behind of how important it is to support those causes that are meaningful to you, and it tells of the impact one person can have on the lives of so many.

Marian Murph will forever be remembered as the first employee of this great university. And she will also be remembered for her caring heart and her desire to see “her” university grow and prosper long into the future. 


 "If we are going to improve the standard of living in our community, it is in our collective best interest to invest in USC Upstate."

- Chris Crowley, Campaign Chair  

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