By Ryan Creevy ‘19
In 1993, Brother Rice graduate Brendan Murrihy suddenly passed away from a diabetic coma, leaving a void in his family and friends’ hearts, as well as the students of Brother Rice. A year later in 1994, the Brendan Murrihy Memorial Foundation began donating scholarship money to Brother Rice, donating nearly 400 thousand dollars over the years.
Brendan was a graduate of Brother Rice in 1990. “He was liked by about everybody and had a ton of friends,” said Tom Murrihy, brother of Brendan Murrihy. “Everyone was devastated after his passing.”
The idea of a memorial golf outing was brought up at a Most Holy Redeemer Saint Patrick’s Day party a few months after Brendan’s death. “The first outing, we had 46 foursomes of guys and a ton of money, which we did not know what to do with. We decided to create a memorial scholarship fund at Brother Rice. We have probably given 400 thousand dollars to Brother Rice students, and help about twenty a year.” said Murrihy.
Every year, family and friends of Brendan attend the memorial golf outing at Hickory Hills Country Club to help donate money to the foundation, as well as to celebrate Brendan’s legacy.
“Outings like this are a wonderful way to perpetuate a legacy, like Brendan’s, and a way to keep his life and memory front and center,” said Kevin Larson, a friend of Brendan’s. “You think of the lives of all the young men Brendan has impacted by virtue of this outing, given the virtue of a Rice education.”
Tom Boyle, Brother Rice graduate of 1980, reflected on Brendan’s past and how he affected him. “Brendan was a neighbor of mine, and was the most loving and caring person, an all-around a good guy. Brother Rice meant so much to him. We get over one hundred guys at this outing every year, and this is not because of marketing; it’s because of Brendan and his life.”
Having raised over 700 thousand dollars overall and 400 thousand dollars for Brother Rice, the memorial has helped hundreds of students with their tuition and education. “We have raised over 700 thousand dollars in almost 25 years, and we are awfully proud of that. It’s truly great that a lot this money has gone to helping students with their education,” said Boyle.
As the memorial’s 25th anniversary approaches, the foundation has decided to hold a special winter event, which is still currently being decided and finalized.
Through this outing, his family, and his friends, Brendan’s life and legacy will live on.