Retired Chief Judge J. Edgar Murdock of the U.S. Tax Court, died Monday in Denver, Colo., while visiting his daughter, Mrs. Richard P. Matsch, of Littleton, Colo. He was 82.

A resident of Washington since 1926, when he was appointed to an original six-year term to the U.S. Board of Tax Appeals, which became the U.S. Tax Court, he had retired as chief judge in 1961.

He had served as chairman and presiding judge from 1941 to 1945, and was named chief judge in 1955. After retirement, he continued to serve on a recall basis until the end of 1968.

Born in Greensburg, Pa., Judge Murdock graduated from Princeton University in 1916. He enlisted in the Army and served as a captain in France in World War I, receiving the Silver Star.

After the war, he earned a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was an assistant district attorney in Westmoreland County, Pa., until his appointment to the Board of Tax Appeals.

Judge Murdock had been a member of the board of directors of Children's Hospital, serving as board president.

He was a member of the American Bar Association, the AmericanJudicature Society, the Chevy Chase Club and the Rolling Rock Club.

In addition to Mrs. Matsch, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Jospeh L. Bolster, of Princeton, N.J., 21 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. A son preced him in death.