William J. Kanalley
Jane Murray at the College of Saint Rose in 1965.
In 1975, Jane Murray was presented with an "Outstanding Alumni Award" by President Thomas Manion during her class reunion.
Photos courtesy of The College of Saint Rose
“Her world of books and drama has placed around our routine world a magic screen." 1
Born: 17 November 1919, Albany, N.Y.
Died: 25 November 2001, Albany, N.Y. 2
Buried: St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, N.Y.
Education: Cathedral Academy, Albany; B.A. in English and Math, 1940 from College of St. Rose, Albany; one course at Siena College
Occupation: Actress – off Broadway; Casting Agent, Hollywood, California.
During her years at the College of St. Rose, Jane was actively involved in theatre. After graduation, she went to New York City to become an actress. She performed off-Broadway and in several television shows such as “One Man’s Family.” In 1955 she went to Hollywood to help cast “Matinee Theatre,” and from there became a casting agent for many MGM shows, including “Dr. Kildare,” “Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “Hawaii Five-O,” the “Doris Day Show” and “Gunsmoke.” During the 1970’s, she worked with Tandem Productions, which produced television shows such as "All in the Family," "The Jeffersons," "The Facts of Life," "Good Times” and “Sanford and Son.” Her filmography also includes:3
1. The Outlaws, 1960, TV Series
2. Hang ‘Em High, 1968
3. Sanford & Son, 1972, TV Series
4. Maude, 1972, TV Series
5. Awake and Sing, 1972, TV
6. Good Times, 1974, TV Series
7. Freeman, 1977, TV
In 1975, Jane was given an Outstanding Alumni Award from the College of St. Rose, at her 35th College reunion.4 In 1988, she returned to the Capital District and lived in Troy until her death in 2001.
At some point along the way, Jane also became an avid collector of T.E. Lawrence materials, searching all over the world for specialized articles, books, artifacts and photos on him and his life. Much of this collection of over 3,987 items was later donated by her brother, Joseph.
Family History: Jane was born in Albany 17 November 1919 to James R. Murray and Hazel Kilroy. Her father, an accountant, died 27 June 1941.5 According to the 1910 and 1920 census, her grandfather was Patrick H. Murray, an Albany policeman,6 and her great grandparents appear to be John and Bridget Murray who were born in Ireland and lived in Albany’s first ward.7
Jane had four brothers, all of whom graduated from Siena College:
1. James Ryan Murray was born about 1918. He graduated from Siena College in 1941, with a B.A. in English. From the 1953 Historical Catalog of Siena College, he was listed as a publicity writer for the NYS Dept. of Commerce.
2. Joseph Emanuel Murray was born 23 June 1922 in Albany.8 He graduated from Siena College in 1947 with a B.A. in Modern Languages. He served in both WWII and in the Korean War. Joseph died 21 June 2005 in Monroe, NY.
3. William Peter Murray was born about 1925. He went to Christian Brothers Academy, and Siena College. He also served in WWII, and graduated from Siena College in 1948 with a B.A. in Sociology.9 He later received an LLB from Catholic University and practiced law in New York City and Washington. The William P. Murray ’48 Scholarship was created by Jane and Joseph in honor of William, a decorated soldier, a renowned attorney, member of the bar of Washington, D.C., New York and the U.S. Supreme Court.
4. John G. Murray was born about 1927. He graduated from Siena College in 1950 with a B.A. He received an LLB from the University of Maryland.
The collection includes books, original and photocopied newspaper and magazine articles, photocopies of books and book chapters, travel brochures, memorabilia, photographs, videos, a play script, post cards, 6 framed pictures, and newspaper and magazine clippings.
1 College of St. Rose Yearbook, class of 1940, pg. 95.
2 Obituary, Troy Record, 26 November 2001. (Note: She was living in Troy after 1988, but died in Albany.)
3 From the Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com, Feb. 2006
4 College of St. Rose Alumni Newsletter, vol. 4 (9), November 1975.
5 Albany City Directory, 1942.
6 See 1910 and 1920 Census, Albany, N.Y., 5th Ward and 15th Ward.
7 See 1870 Census, Albany, N.Y., 1st Ward, and also 1860 Census, Albany, N.Y.
8 Obituary of Joseph E. Murray, Times Herald Record (Orange Co., N.Y.), 24 June 2005.
9 1948 Siena College Yearbook.
Remember to check CYRIL, the Siena Library catalog, for other resources.