Pat Murphy

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Title: Aviation Educator (Retired)
Company: Everett Community College
Location: Marysville, Washington, United States

Pat Murphy, Retired Educator at Everett Community College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in aviation.

Growing up, Mr. Murphy’s parents were missionaries in Alaska who often traveled via airplane to their destinations. He soon developed a fascination with airplanes and even considered a career as a pilot upon graduating high school. However, his poor eyesight made flying an impossible option and he instead decided to pursue aviation from a mechanical standpoint. Mr. Murphy earned a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology and vocational education for aircraft mechanics from Pacific Union College in 1977, later receiving a Master of Engineering in vocation education for aircraft mechanics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978.

At the start of his career, Mr. Murphy worked as an aircraft mechanic at Frakes Aviation in Angwin, California, further joining Loma Linda University as the chief mechanic from 1972 to 1974. Soon thereafter, he contributed as an instructor at the Pittsburgh Institute of Technology as well as a shop manager for Cessna Aircraft sales and Beech Airo, between 1974 and 1982. For two years, he taught at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon, before assuming employment with Everett Community College as an instructor in 1984. During his tenure, he taught various aircraft mechanics courses and was responsible for initiating an advanced composite program, subsequently retiring in 2015.

Currently, Mr. Murphy serves as a chief inspector at Cannon Aircraft Interiors, an FAA Part 145 repair station in Paine Field. In this role, his responsibilities include inspecting all interior work, giving aircraft pre-inspections, and repairing any hidden damage. Additionally, he is the owner of his own consulting business, Pat’s Aviation Consulting and has been the primary consultant for LASTIC, Inc. in Seattle since 1986. In a career filled with highlights, Mr. Murphy is most proud of his past students and how they’ve progressed over time. Outside of his primary endeavors, he enjoys photography, prop making, and sailing in his spare time.

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