HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) —The MoHoHa high school hockey team honored late Centenary University First Lady Jeanne Murphy at a home game on Feb. 10 at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena.
Team members took a stand against hit and run driving in recognizing Mrs. Murphy, a retired U.S. Army colonel, who was killed in January by a hit-and-run driver.
Jeanne Murphy, wife of President Bruce Murphy, Ed.D., passed away on Sunday Jan. 8 after a hit-and-run accident that occurred on Saturday, Jan. 7 while on her morning walk in Hackettstown.
Jeanne (Picariello) Murphy, 70, from Hackettstown was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene on Saturday, Jan. 7, at around 7:30 a.m., on Reese Ave near First Ave, police said.
Murphy was transported to Hackettstown Medical Center and then flown to Morristown Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 12:00 p.m., police said.
The driver of the vehicle, Jefferson Chimbo-Pelaez, 25, from Hackettstown was later charged and lodged in the Warren County Correctional Facility, police said.
Centenary University President Bruce Murphy, Ed.D., attended the game and shared his late wife’s remarkable life with the team. During her 30-year career in the military, Colonel Murphy served as a military nurse and was given oversight of the military’s program for world-class athletes, a task that placed her on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Board of Directors and as chair of the USOC Multi-Sport Organizations Council for 10 years.
A former competitive runner and swimmer, she was the first woman ever selected to the U.S. Modern Pentathlon Team in 1975, competing for the team until 1978.