Christopher L. Murphy
Publisher and Editor of the Club's quarterly magazine The Masonic Philatelist
was born near Mere, England, in 1941; he came with his parents to Vancouver, BC, Canada, in 1947. He entered the work force in 1957 and in 1958 went to work in the purchasing department for the BC Telephone Company (now Telus). He continued his education and was promoted to management in 1969 and served in several management positions until retirement in 1994; Chris lives in Burnaby, BC.
Chris joined the Masonic Order in 1973 at Mount Lebanon Lodge No. 72, Vancouver, BC. He later joined Zenith Lodge No. 104 in Burnaby, BC, and became Master of that Lodge in 1987; later Secretary of the Lodge. After this lodge closed in 1999 he went back to his mother lodge and then joined Progress Lodge No. 87, Vancouver. He is currently a member of Composite Lodge No. 819, New York City, New York, although still lives in Burnaby, BC.
Chris is a Royal Arch Mason, Mark Master Mason, 32℃ AASR Mason and a Shriner, although no longer active in any of these bodies. Chris wrote Postage Stamps and Freemasonry: Guide & Compendium, United States & Canada (1988), Carlton Press, New York. He subsequently wrote other books on Masonic Philately and philately in general. He lectured on various subjects at Masonic lodges in the greater Vancouver, BC, area and in Washington State. In 1995 he was proclaimed a member of the Society of Blue Friars (Masonic authors).
In about 1985 Chris joined The Masonic Stamp Club of New York and contributed many articles. He became Club President in 2000. When in 2014 Brother Allan Boudreau could not longer carry on as Publisher and Editor of the Club's quarterly magazine The Masonic Philatelist, Chris assumed those functions. Brother Boudreau passed on to the Grand Lodge Above on January 26, 2015.
During these later years, Chris, in cooperation with Brother Michael Bronner, commissioned the creation of a website for the Club, whereupon our archives and many other papers and presentations were provided. This website was turned over to Bro. Jeffrey Coney for further development in early 2018. Copies of all Club magazines were professionally bound into books and can be found in the Collectors Club Library Archives in New York City. The Masonic Stamp Club of New York, now 85 years old, will always be with us here and in the other libraries that collected our publication.