John D. Murphy
John D. Murphy
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Team: Ice Hockey

John D. "Jake" Murphy '52
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1996

Jake Murphy arrived at Brown after an outstanding career at the nation's number-one prep school hockey program - Mount St. Charles. Jake was a strong and determined defenseman. He teamed at times with Fred Shepherd, Bob Maley, and the late Jack Gilbert. Jake was a member of the Brown team that defeated Colorado in the NCAA semi-finals, only to lose to Michigan in the finals. In his second and third years, Jake and his teammates won the old Pentagonal League and finishing second in his final year, and finishing with a 12-4-1 record. Although known for his hard defensive play, Jake scored 17 goals while assisting on 18 others. The majority of the scoring was accounted for by Wheeler, Sennott and Gubbins. The defense kept the opponents away from the Brown goals, and in eight games, the opposition scored only one or no goals! The late Wes Moulton, coach of the Bears, considered Jake one of the toughest defensemen he ever coached. Jake and his wife, Geraldine, reside in Walpole, and have four children - Suzanne, John Jr., Donnell and Douglas - and eight grandchildren. He is principal of John D. Murphy and Co., a very successful real estate developer.