Katherine Ellison in the Washington Post talks about Olga Murray, whose 37-year-career as a Supreme Court staff attorney is only part of a fascinating life story.
The article begins: “All through the pandemic, while so many Americans have languished — feeling cooped-up and searching for reasons to get out of their pajamas — Olga Murray has flourished. Approaching 96, at an age when many of her peers are isolated and in poor health, she has been eagerly planning a trip to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, while keeping in touch with hundreds of friends around the world who admire her boundless energy and perky habit of saying things like: ‘I feel so fortunate. You can’t imagine.’ ”
I only recently got around to reading Murray’s 2015 book, “Olga’s Promise,” which is subtitled, “One Woman’s Commitment to the Children of Nepal.” The book is mostly about Murray’s and her foundation‘s remarkable work over the years in Nepal, but she also shares memories of her time at the Supreme Court.
Murray worked for Chief Justice Phil Gibson — “a hard taskmaster” with a “stern and forbidding” public demeanor, but who was a “marshmallow at heart” and who “treated his staff almost like family” — and for Justice Stanley Mosk — a man with “a great sense of humor and a gentle but firm manner.” About her work at the court, Murray wrote she “had the best job in the law” and she agreed with another staff attorney’s remark to her — “ ‘Can you believe we’re getting paid for this?’ ” She said she “worked with the smartest people, most of them refugees from private practice.”