John Joseph Murphy was born to John Joseph Murphy and Nora Donahue on November 1, 1916. He received his habit on September 7, 1933.
His elementary school education consisted of four years at St. Joseph's in New York (1922-1926) and four years at Ascension where he graduated in 1930. He attended St. Joseph's Normal Institute in Barrytown from 1930-1933. Br. Joseph went on to college at the Catholic University in Washington DC where he graduated and received his AB in 1937. He completed graduate work at Manhattan College, receiving his masters in 1950, and Fordham University, where he received his Ph. D. in 1959.
Br. Joseph's career spanned from 1937 until 2000. He worked at De LaSalle in Newport where he taught Latin, Biology, Mechanical Drawing, Civics, Engineering, and Religion. In 1939, he taught French, English and Geometry at Manhattan Prep. In 1940, he taught French and English at La Salle Military Academy in Oakdale, New York (where he also received his Pilot's License in 1947). From there, Br. Joseph taught French at the CBA in Albany (1948, 1960), St. Augustine's in Brooklyn (1949), La Salle Academy (1951), De La Salle (1953), Loughlin (1955), La Salle Academy (1957), St. Michael's College in New Mexico (1963). He finished his career at Manhattan College, where he was Director of the Christian Brothers' Community from 1972-1977, and was also the head of the Foreign Language Department. After receiving medical attention, he retired to DeLaSalle Hall in Lincroft, New Jersey for a brief period (1998-2000) before returning to Manhattan College. He officially retired to DeLaSalle Hall in September of 2003, where he remained until his death in April 2004.
After struggling with a variety of ailments (knee problems and "macula degeneration"), Br. Joseph died of congestive heart failure on April 9, 2004.