First keeper of National Register of Historic Places, William J. Murtagh, dies at 95

William J. Murtagh, the first designated “keeper” of the National Register of Historic Places and a paladin among preservationists, died on Oct. 28 in a retirement community in Sarasota, Fla. He was 95.

The cause was congestive heart failure, his nephew Dean F. Murtagh said.

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