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Renowned security PR professional Lynda Murphy passes away

Renowned security PR professional Lynda Murphy passes away

CHICAGO—Lynda Murphy, the founder of Murphy Knott Public relations who represented numerous security companies along with other major local, national, and international clients, passed away on Nov. 20. She was 69.

Murphy founded Murphy Knott Public Relations in 1984 and led the company for nearly four decades until her death, helping to craft the corporate messaging of major brands such as Miller Brewing Company, IBM, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Vienna Beef, Ferrara Candy Company, The Merchandise Mart, The Chicago Marathon, and The Winter Olympics, among many others.

Lynda MurphyAmong the nearly 20 security companies that Murphy represented throughout her career included Aiphone, dormakaba, IBM, Konami, Stanley Black & Decker, and Securitas.

“Her determination to service her clients throughout her battle with cancer spoke volumes of her dedication and prowess in the field, and her pride in her identity as an exemplary and tireless businesswoman of utmost professionalism,” Murphy Knott wrote in a statement.

Her company added that “Lynda's impact went beyond her dedication to her career. In 1982, she was married to Andy Knott, her husband of over 20 years. Together with Andy, Lynda had her two children - her two greatest loves Jack and Shelby.

“As a mother, mentor, and best friend to her son, who worked for her at Murphy Knott for nearly a decade, she shared a bond of love, wisdom, joy, and constant analytical interpretation of the daily news cycle. Her son's professional and personal growth, nurtured by her mentorship, stands as a testament to her influential role as a mother. 

“Lynda was likewise a role model and best friend to her daughter, whom she loved and adored beyond words; upon whom she imparted cultured taste, effortless grace, and unyielding compassion; and for whom her devotion as a mother was without end.”   

Murphy is survived by her two children, her mother Beverly Jahr Murphy, and three siblings. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Designs for Dignity, a Chicago-based non-profit for which Murphy was a board member for over a decade.  

“Lynda leaves behind a legacy of resilience, love, and professional excellence,” Murphy Knott stated. “Her memory will continue to inspire and resonate with all who knew her, especially her children, siblings, and extended family. Her life, lived with purpose and grace, will remain a beacon of inspiration and beauty.”






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