"When you do things for the first time in the history of our species, you can't describe it. Bruce was the driving force behind our group," van der Woude said.
Shortly after he got to JPL, Murray set up an advisory council for women because there were hardly any women engineers, Casani said. He chose a group of 12 women to help him get the word out and recruit, changing the women on the board each year.
More women today are employed at JPL, in all positions, than any other NASA center, Casani said.
Murray is survived by his wife, Suzanne, and five children.
He was also very close to his cousin, former House Speaker Tom Foley, who is in hospice care in Washington, D.C., Anderson said.
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