x-no-archive: yes\n\n[URL]http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/obituaries/stories/DN-murrayob_28met.ART.East.Edition2.22d6a47d.html[/URL]\n\nJim Murray\n\n12:29 PM CST on Saturday, January 28, 2006\nBy JOE SIMNACHER / The Dallas Morning News\n\n\nJim Murray was a Dallas freelance photographer who captured some of the most\nnoted images of the aftermath of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.\n\nHis classic photo of Lee Harvey Oswald in police custody has appeared in\npublications around the world and has been displayed at the Museum of Modern\nArt in New York.\n\nMr. Murray, 76, died Wednesday of complications of cancer at Treemont\nNursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dallas.\n\nA memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Monica Catholic Church,\n9933 Midway Road.\n\n"His photo take of the weekend is probably, bar none, the most extensive\ntake of the week," said Richard Trask, an archivist and author who has\nstudied the photography of the Kennedy assassination. "He had a fire in his\nbelly and wanted to make sure he recorded as much of the story as possible.\nInstead of being specifically assigned by a photo editor to do one specific\nthing, he just kind of broadcast his photography all over the place."\n\nThe evening of Nov. 22, 1963, Mr. Murray leapt atop a file cabinet to\ncapture Oswald from above. The photo was used in the next issue of Life\nmagazine. Gerald Ford, the Warren Commission member who later became\npresident, used the photo for the cover of his 1965 book, Portrait of the\nAssassin.\n\n\nJIM MURRAY\nJim Murray used a file cabinet to capture this image of Lee Harvey Oswald\nand police after the JFK assassination. Mr. Murray's photo of the handcuffed\nOswald surrounded by Stetson-capped officers is one of the top images of the\ntragic day, Mr. Trask said. He ranks Mr. Murray's photo with Bob Jackson's\nphoto of Jack Ruby shooting Oswald and James Altgens' photo of the motorcade\nunder fire.\n\n"Those are probably the three classic pictures that came out of the\nassassination story," said Mr. Trask, who chronicled the photography and\nphotographers in his 1994 book, Pictures of the Pain: Photography and the\nAssassination of President Kennedy.\n\nThe Black Star photo agency sold the rights to Mr. Trask's 1963 images,\nwhich others also used without permission.\n\nMr. Murray also covered the funeral of Dallas police Officer J.D. Tippit and\nmade photographs for the assassination's first anniversary for clients that\nincluded an Italian magazine, Mr. Trask said. He also covered the trial of\nRuby, who shot Oswald on national television on Nov. 24, 1963.\n\nBorn in Rockford, Ill., Mr. Murray moved to Texas as a teenager. He served\nin the Navy aboard a destroyer escort. He attended the University of\nMissouri, the University of Houston and the University of Arizona before\nreceiving his bachelor's degree in journalism from Southern Methodist\nUniversity in 1954.\n\nFor five years after college, he expanded his knowledge of photography while\nworking for the Dallas bureaus of WBAP-TV (Channel 5) and KRLD-TV (Channel\n4).\n\nIn August 1960, he became an assistant news director at KENS-TV in San\nAntonio.\n\nOn the day of the assassination, Mr. Murray was a Dallas-based freelance\nphotographer. That Friday, he was preparing to film a Southern Methodist\nUniversity football game for WFAA-TV (Channel 8). He happened to be near\nDealey Plaza when the shooting took place.\n\n"He was a freelance photographer. I don't think he ever liked being\nencumbered by what other people wanted him to do," Mr. Trask said.\n\nIn 1966, Mr. Murray joined Dallas photographer Shel Hershorn in forming\nHershorn/Murray Studios in Oak Lawn.\n\nMr. Murray also made a number of documentaries during his career, including\none for the city of Dallas on the creation and transportation of sculptor\nHenry Moore's work that now graces the plaza in front of City Hall.\n\nHe was known as a mentor to many young Dallas photographers.\n\nMr. Murray's dedication to his work continued after a 1989 stroke left him\nunable to use the right side of his body. He commissioned a documentary on\nhis recovery efforts, Mr. Trask said. It was not completed but was an\nindication of his passion for his work.\n\nMr. Murray is survived by his wife, Aida, of Dallas; daughter Anne Nance of\nDallas; son David Murray of Dallas; brother Bill Murray of Rockford, Ill.;\nand six grandchildren.