Joseph L. (Red) Murphy, 59, a retired General Services Administration employe who was active in athletic and civic organizations, died of a heart ailment Aug. 22 at Fairfax Hospital. He was stricken at the Westwood Country Club in Vienna.

Mr. Murphy, who lived in Vienna, was born in Washington and graduated from Gonzaga College High School and attended Georgetown and George Washington universities.

He played baseball in area sandlot leagues for 20 years, and in the early 1950s, in the farm system of the Washington Senators.

Mr. Murphy served in the Coast Guard in World War II. He joined the GSA in 1947 and remained there until he retired in 1978. He was a consultant with Pierce Associates at the time of his death.

Mr. Murphy was the chaplain of the American Legion Post No. 180 and a member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Adelaide, of Vienna; four sons, Logan J., of Seattle, Sean W., of Fairfax, Brian C., of Atlanta, and Kevin J., of Villanova, Pa.; a daughter, Colleen, of Vienna; a brother, William P., of Ireland; and two sisters, Alice C. Courtillet of Camp Springs, and Mary P. Turino of Hawaii.