The Xavier community celebrated the life of First Lt. Michael Runyan, a 2008 graduate, at a service with Runyan’s family and ROTC colleagues in October in Bellarmine Chapel. Runyan died in July in Diyala Province in Iraq when his vehicle was attacked by insurgents. He was an anti-tank Stryker Platoon leader.
Norman Murdock wore many hats during his lifetime—politician, judge, lawyer, anti-tobacco crusader, benefactor, art enthusiast. Murdock, who earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Xavier in 1955 and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1968, was elected to posts in the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government, serving at the local, state and national levels in a political career that spanned 40 years. He served in the Ohio House of Representatives, and was a Hamilton County commissioner and Common Pleas Court judge. Murdock’s legal career was distinguished by his key role on the team representing Ohio in the case against major tobacco in which the state was awarded $10 billion in 1998. He is survived by his wife, Patricia, six children and 15 grandchildren. He died in his sleep in September at age 78.