Thomas Begley, associate professor in health sciences and human services, died Sunday at Lourdes hospital in Paducah, Ky.
Begley died of natural causes, according to the McCracken County Coroner.
A memorial visitation was held Thursday at J.H. Churchill Funeral Home in Murray. No additional services were held.
David Kraemer, chair in the college of Health Sciences and Human Services, said Begley was key in the development of the occupational safety and health program at Murray State.
“The department is deeply saddened by this loss of a friend and colleague,” Kraemer said. “(Begley) was not only a professor, but a strong supporter of the University community and a team player.”
Kraemer said Begley not only supported the OSH program, but he also supported the students in it as well.
Begley had been on staff at Murray State since 1976, serving 36 years at the University.
He also served on Faculty Senate for 34 years.