Parker N. Call: Murray a valued resource

March 18, 2014 

Wake County residents lost one of their most precious resources when Elizabeth Reid Murray passed away recently. As a meticulous researcher and historian, she was an inspiration to so many people interested in local history.

I took a course she taught over 30 years ago that helped me create a teachers’ guide on Raleigh and Wake County. Her two volumes on Wake County have been an invaluable resource for the tours that I give to schoolchildren and visitors to our city.

It’s impossible to estimate how many lives she has touched not only with her books but also with the local history collection at the Olivia Raney library, which she spent countless hours helping to restore. My admiration for her intellect, her integrity and her innate Southern graciousness knows no bounds.

Parker N. Call


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