Daniel Edward Murphy, 86, the owner and operator of a commercial glass company in
Northern Virginia, died of emphysema Feb. 5 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He
had lived in Alexandria since 1946.
Mr. Murphy, who was known as Ed, owned Virginia Plate Glass Co. in Falls Church from
the late 1950s until retiring in 1983. He furnished commercial glass to builders, churches
and office buildings throughout the area. Before entering the glass business, he worked in
sales for the American Automobile Association, traveling the East Coast.
Mr. Murphy, who was born in Washington, graduated from graduated from Western High
School (1937). He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and
the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces as a crew member on a B-24
bomber, flying 60 missions over Germany, Austria, Italy and the Balkans. Among his
decorations, he received four Air Medals and a certificate of valor for unfaltering
courage in air battles of great intensity.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria, the state's oldest Catholic
parish. He was also a member of the Northern Virginia Builders Association. He enjoyed
golf and was a member of River Bend Golf Country Club in Great Falls. He
was also a dedicated gardener who was especially proud of his tomatoes.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Spiker Murphy of Alexandria; a brother,
retired Army Col. Robert H. Murphy of Crystal River, Fla.; and a sister, Kathleen M. Griel
of Fairfax County.