Obituaries

Murray was a magazine journalist and author who brought journalistic style to serious and complicated issues such as insider stock trading, counterfeiting, and wrote for the New York Times, the New Republic and Harpers, among others. He was the author of The Trouble with Lawyers, Rogues to Riches, The Man who Stole Portugal, The Brotherhood of Money, and The 13th Man. He was also one of the founding members and past president of what is now the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA).

Murray and his wife Sydelle lived in Great Neck from 1950 to 2005. Both Murray and Sydelle were active in local politics and the Great Neck Public Library. Their daughters, Amy Beth and Ellen Susan, both attended Great Neck public schools.

He was born May 19, 1916, in New York, NY, son of Louis I. (a toy manufacturer) and Anna (Teighblum) Bloom. He married Sydelle Cohen (a college teacher) April 30, 1944.

He graduated Columbia University with a B.A. 1937, M.S. in journalism 1938.

He died in his sleep on Feb. 10, 2009. He is survived by his two daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Sophia Amelia Ryder (nee Sickowich), 81, a long time resident of Silver Spring, MD, died on Feb. 21, 2009. She was born and raised in Great Neck. Beloved mother of Sue, Mary, Kathy, Judy and Steve and their spouses. Loving grandmother of Danny, Kevin, Jessica, Anthony and Nicholas. Also survived by William Ryder, Helen Hicks and a large extended family. Burial Feb. 28 at Flushing Cemetery with her mother and father. She will be deeply missed by those who knew her and loved her. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial and Tribute Processing Center, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5276.

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