Murray Elliot Bovarnick was born in Boston on June 22, 1923. He died peacefully in his home at Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill of age-related illness on January 21, 2014. He is survived by his daughter, Ellen, son, Paul, and grandchildren Polly, Kate and Sam Bovarnick, and Esther, his beloved wife of 65 years.
Murray received his BA and MBA from Harvard. He served in the 8th Air Force and was a member of one of the United States Bombing Survey teams in Europe during World War II, where he was one of the Army’s youngest Master Sergeants, and one of its European Theater bridge champions.
After completing his education, Murray was a human resources officer for a variety of American corporations. He ended his career as a vice-president of ORC, an international business consulting firm.
Murray was devoted to teaching and community service. He was an adjunct professor at three universities. In retirement, he served as a professional arbitrator, a volunteer for SCORE, the Long Island Crisis Hotline, the AARP, as a volunteer court mediator and on the Carolina Meadows Board of Directors.
Murray will always be remembered for his sense of humor. He could be serious and formal, but he had a wonderful dry sense of humor which he deployed with perfect timing. But most of all, Murray was known for his intelligence, kindness, integrity and for his love for his wife and children.
A memorial gathering will be held in Murray's honor on January 31, 2014 at 2pm in the Auditorium at Carolina Meadows, 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Brady Center for the Prevention of Gun Violence www.bradycampaign.org; 840 First Street, NE, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 370-8120, or the Carolina Meadows Employee Appreciation Fund, www.carolinameadows.org, 100 Carolina Meadows, Chapel Hill, NC 27517, (919) 942-4014.