Kenneth Wayne Murphy (’60), 84, of Dallas, died April 10. With his late wife Shirley (’71), he established the Murphy Enterprise Fund that created what is now the Murphy Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and promotes education in entrepreneurial studies.
The center was established in 1999 as the Murphy Enterprise Center to foster relationships between businesses and UNT faculty and students. The Murphys also established the Kenneth W. and Shirley Murphy Scholarship in Entrepreneurship to support entrepreneurial-minded undergraduate students.
Ken was a life member of the UNT Alumni Association, as well as a McConnell Society member and recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Alumni Service Award. He also served on the Murphy Enterprise Center Board, the Advisory Board, the Management Board of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business and on the Chief Executives Round Table.
A born entrepreneur, Ken owned and served as CEO of The Mail Box Inc. and Label Source Ltd., and co-owned Arken Tech. He also was an avid fan of horse racing, running horses under Ken Murphy Thoroughbreds Ltd., and enjoyed genealogy. He served as a tank commander in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1967.