Andrew Quinlan Murphy 6/3/1993-1/27/10
Quin was a very active 16 year old teenager. He had a passion for the sport of soccer that he shared with his father Brian Murphy. Quin could juggle a soccer ball on the top of his foot for over 100 counts. His ability gave him the opportunity to play on an adult soccer league with his father. He was also very fast, winning the Turkey Trot race at his middle school.
Quin was part of an extended family. His uncles and aunts helped raise him and considered him a son. His cousins played with him every day and considered him a brother. It was typical of the cousins to go on vacations together and to have sleepovers every weekend. They also attended school together.
Quin’s second passion was history. He surprised his family with his knowledge of obscure historical facts. He was an avid reader and enjoyed watching the history channel with his dad and cousin. If you were to walk in his room you would find dozens of books ranging from fantasy such as Lord of the Rings and Aragon to Greek and Roman history. One of the last books he read was a book on naval history. This book detailed how his great‐great grandfather, his name sake, won the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Spanish American War.
He was blessed with being able to travel with his father, cousins and aunts. His aunt Patricia Murphy was in awe, when he gave her a personal guided tour of the Acropolis in Athens. He recalled the historical aspects of the buildings in addition to analyzing the architecture for deeper meaning. He also traveled to Italy, Greece, Turkey, England, Ireland and Hawaii. The highlight of his life was seeing his favorite soccer team, Manchester United play in England. He was in heaven being only 30 feet away from some of the best soccer players in the world.
In the summer of 2009 Quin was thriving. He was healthy and well formed. He weighed approximately 125 lbs., he was beginning to build muscle and his shoulders were broadening. He spent his summer vacation with his father, uncle and cousin hiking, mountain biking and swimming in the Grand Canyon and Zion National Park. He also participated in a boy’s under 18 soccer team, where he was playing better than ever.
Quin died on January 27th, 2010 of a preventable and misdiagnosed illness. In an effort to learn from this tragedy Quin’s family has started the Quin Murphy Scholarship fund to keep Quin’s memory alive through the hopes and dreams of future scholarship recipients. We also want to help other families who are experiencing difficulties navigating the medical system.