As a practicing attorney, Frank Murphy (ENG, 85; LAW, 92) is used to crafting convincing arguments. A shareholder at the Philadelphia office of Anderson Kill, P.C., Murphy is also Chair of the Board of Supervisors of Chadds Ford Township Delaware County and a Past President of the College of Engineering Alumni Association. However, a conversation he had with his daughter about attending college was a different kind of argument that he won. Sort of.
Murphy's years of service to various College of Engineering alumni leadership roles have put him up-close to recent campus developments, such as the transformative Charles Library and the College of Engineering IDEAS Hub. After seeing campus evolve into what he described as a "thriving urban center," he made his pitch.
"I, shall we say, 'suggested' that she attend Temple," Murphy said jokingly, adding that she eventually did choose Temple, but not as an engineering student.
Now, Murphy (whose father is also a Temple alumnus) finds himself joining other accomplished alumni in the Gallery of Success as part of Family and Homecoming Weekend. The gallery is an exhibit in Mitten Hall that annually recognizes alumni who have utilized the skills and knowledge learned at Temple to chart their own paths in their studied fields.
"I have been a member of the Board of Visitors for a number of years, and it has been very rewarding watching the progress of the college under Dean Sadeghipour's leadership," Murphy said. "I enjoy spreading the word about the great strides taken by Temple over the years and the quality of the college and its faculty and staff."
Though he's established himself in the legal profession, the foundations of his engineering education have remained -- particularly in how engineers approach problem solving.
"Temple, to me, provided a practical education that reinforced the importance of finding solutions to problems and not just analyzing them in the abstract," Murphy said. "Now, as a practicing attorney, I bring that Temple made problem solving, practical approach to the legal issues my clients face, in their business manufacturing, construction, and land development issues."
To learn more about the Temple University Gallery of Success, visit alumni.temple.edu.