George W. Murphy, 76, a retired teacher who was active in church and singing groups, died Jan. 5 in the Washington Adventist Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Murphy taught music in Seventh-day Adventist schools for more than 50 years before retiring from the Dupont Park School in Washington in 1975. He also had served as publishing department field secretary of the church's Allegheny conference. In 1976, he helped found the Student Aid Foundation, which made grants to students studying at Adventist colleges and universities.

He had been music minister of the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church in Washington for more than 25 years before retiring in the early 1970s, was a past music minister at Asbury Methodist Church in Washington, and had been a pianist at Dupont Park Seventh-day Adventist Church for the last 47 years.

Mr. Murphy was a native of Memphis. He attended Oakwood College in Alabama, the University of Chicago and Howard University. He taught in Adventist schools in Baltimore, Chicago and Tennessee before moving here in the early 1930s.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, the former Myrtle Gates, of Washington; two sons, George Wyndell Murphy of Suitland, and Aubrey Maurice Murphy of Baltimore; a daughter, Suzanne Smith of Takoma Park; six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.