Mike was hired by Pacific Airlines in 1962, as a ticket agent at LAX. Other positions held were Assistant Station Manager in Santa Barbara, Station Manager in San Diego and several sales and marketing positions in Los Angeles. In 1970, Hughes Airwest moved Mike and his family to Seattle as Special Assistant Public Affairs. He was later promoted to the corporate offices in San Mateo, California to head up the Public Affairs department.
When Hughes Airwest was sold, Mike became Vice President Marketing for Republic Airlines West. In 1981, he left the Airline industry to become President of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association in San Francisco. In 1987, American President Lines, Ltd. hired Mike to move to Washington, DC as Vice President Government Affairs. The joys of retirement came in May 2000, but he remained active in Washington issues through his consulting firm – The Bodega Group while he and Linda resided in Annapolis, Maryland.
Mike is survived by his wife Linda and their three grown children and six grandchildren residing in London, England, McLean, Virginia and San Jose, California.
In 2004, Mike and Linda returned to the Bay Area and they became quite active with the Coyote Point Yacht Club where their 38 foot Island Packet sailboat "Spirit" is berthed. His activity in the yacht club prompted their Commodore Steve Basuino to post this tribute on their website:
On Thursday October 28th, Michael Murphy, a Member of the Coyote Point Yacht Club and former member of the Board of Directors, passed away after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer. Michael was an avid Sailor and enjoyed sailing the SF Bay with his wife, Linda and family. Michael will be remembered for his dedication to a multitude of community services, his great "generosity of spirit" and especially, his perpetual sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Services will be held on Saturday 6 November, 2010 at 10:00 AMat St Bartholomew's Church, 600 Columbia Drive, San Mateo, Reception to follow at 11:00 AM at Coyote Point Yacht club. The family has invited all of Mike's CPYC shipmates and friends to attend.
A personal note about Mike:
Fair thee well shipmate, from a friend
Mike Murphy an active Coyote Point Yacht Club member and past treasurer, born August 3, 1941, passed away October 28, 2010 at 1650 hours.
It is with deep sadness that received the report of the passing of Mike Murphy. Mike rejoined us at Coyote Point Yacht Club in 2004 after being away for a number of years in Annapolis. Mike was a dedicated member. He and his wife Linda own the 38 foot Island Packet "Spirit". The Murphy family where frequent participants at CPYC cruise outs. As the club's treasurer, Mike used his amazing organizational skills to keep the club's business in proper order. I can only speak about what he meant to me. I am sure many others would have similar stories to this one. When I was newly elected to a job on the BOD I needed help in figuring out how to do a certain event. Mike stepped up and offered to help me. He sat down with me and through his meticulous financial records he reconstructed the whole event for me laying out the path for me to follow. Mike had a pleasant disposition and certainly inspired me and others to do their best. Due to Mike's illness he was unable to continue serving on the BOD. His loss is a great one. We will miss him.
Fair thee well shipmate; rest under the watch of your heavenly father where you'll have fair winds and following sea.
Eight Bells will be rung at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 16, 2010
......Sailor, rest your oar......