Murtha Means More

Murtha Cullina Remembers Founder, Colleague and Friend John S. Murtha

May 31, 2011

Murtha Cullina LLP mourns the loss of John S. Murtha who died peacefully last week (May 26, 2011) at the age of 98.

Mr. Murtha was a founding member of the firm. He joined the firm in 1938, and became one of its leaders in 1967 when it became known as Murtha, Cullina, Richter and Pinney. He was admired and respected both within the firm and throughout the community, where he was known both as an accomplished and effective lawyer and as a committed community leader.

Mr. Murtha received his LL.B from the Yale Law School in 1935 and was admitted to the Connecticut bar in 1938. He practiced general law and made partner in 1942. He joined the Navy in 1943 where he was stationed in the Mediterranean as a commanding officer and in the Pacific as executive officer and commanding officer. When he returned to the United States in 1946 he served as Assistant States Attorney for Hartford County until 1951.

Mr. Murtha’s impressive legal career encompassed many community and civic activities including the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation and Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford. He was a Director of Kaman Corporation and Corporator at Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, and the Institute of Living. During his lifetime, Mr. Murtha was president of the Hartford Golf Club, the Yale Club of Hartford, and president and general campaign chairman for United Way of Greater Hartford. Mr. Murtha was a past director of United Bank & Trust Co., the American Red Cross Greater Hartford Chapter, and Hartford Hospital. He was also former chairman of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and was a trustee of Loomis-Chaffee School and Saint Joseph College. Mr. Murtha was a recipient of the Knight of St. Gregory award, the Nathan Hale Award, and the Community Service Award from the United Way. He was also recognized by the Yale Club of Hartford for his contributions to the organization.

“We are all saddened by the news,” said Elizabeth Stewart, managing partner. “We have held Mr. Murtha in our thoughts especially as we mark the firm’s 75th anniversary this year. Our prayers are with him and his family.”

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