Meredith College alumna Elizabeth Reid Murray, ’46, who died on March 13, 2014, at age 88, was the author of the definitive history of Wake County.
The first volume of Wake: Capital County of North Carolina was published in 1983, with a second volume in 2006.
Murray earned a Meredith College degree in English with honors. She later served as director of Meredith’s news bureau.
Her life and work as a historian was noted in The News & Observer on March 14. The paper said of Wake: Capital County of North Carolina “… it tells the story of Wake through the people who settled, built and have occupied it, and gives readers a sense of what they saw and smelled and heard in their day. Where she couldn’t find a historical photograph to illustrate the heavily indexed book, she drew a picture with words based on facts pried from records and people’s recollections.”
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