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August 30 2013

Bruce Murray, former Jet Propulsion Lab director and Planetary Society co-founder, dies at 81


LOS ANGELES — Former Jet Propulsion Laboratory director Bruce C. Murray, who battled Washington and NASA over money, projects and policy, has died. He was 81.

Murray died at his home in Oceanside at 4:57 a.m. Thursday from complications of Alzheimer’s disease, said Charlene Anderson, a longtime friend and former colleague at The Planetary Society.

Murray founded the space advocacy group in 1980 with the late astronomer Carl Sagan and astronautics engineer Louis Friedman as part of the quest to save JPL and the planetary exploration program.

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