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David L. Murphy

Published: Saturday, May 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT
David L. Murphy

LOS ANGELES – David Law Murphy, M.D., FACP, 77, of Las Vegas and Los Angeles, succumbed to his long battle against cancer on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

He was born May 6, 1936, in Dixon, the son of Dr. David and Helen Murphy. He completed his undergraduate at Notre Dame, graduating first in his class; post-graduate at Northwestern University; and residency at Wadsworth Veterans Affairs-University of California, Los Angeles in internal medicine and gastroenterology, where he served as a professor in clinical medicine, School of Medicine/UCLA from 1969 to 2008. He served as a consultant to the Keck School of Medicine/University of Southern California during that time. He was a captain in the Air Force, serving in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star.

He was married to his soulmate, Luana, for 30 years, and they co-founded Exodus Recovery. He was the clinical/educational inspiration to Exodus. He was influential throughout Exodus’s programs, making regular rounds, encouraging both clients and staff on their “road to recovery.” He worked at the centers and with patients until 3 weeks before his death, as it always was about others for him. The number of lives he touched through his work and dedication to the California Physicians Diversion Program are in the hundreds; the number through his 12-step work through Alcoholics Anonymous also in the hundreds; and the number through his work, with those reaching for recovery from mental illness, at Exodus Recovery, in the thousands. Each were important people to David, who he received with dignity and affection. He was a modest person who never discussed his achievements or innumerable awards. He was, however, pleased by recognition from his peers, as when he was elected chief resident, which he declined to accept, and more recently when the UCLA-Veterans Affairs Alumni lauded him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

He is survived by his wife Luana; children, Matthew, Elizabeth, and Andrew; stepchildren, Patrice and Jacklynn; siblings, Rosemary, Tom, Edward, Michael, and Dennis; cousins, Mary, Ann, and Richard Murphy, and Tim, Michael, Mary, Susan, Tom, and Ann Sullivan; nieces and nephews; and all the Exodus clients and staff.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marcia.

Services and inurnment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Santa Monica, Calif., were attended by hundreds of his family and friends.

Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army.

“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

As David would say to everyone, “All is well.”

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