Kathryn Murray, 92, whose elegant dancing inspired millions of students in dance schools run by her late husband, famed instructor Arthur Murray, died Aug. 6 at her home here. The cause of death was not reported.
The Murrays made ballroom dancing a household word by creating a chain of successful dance studios across the United States in the 1940s. At its peak in 1952, when Arthur Murray sold the franchise, there were 500 studios around the world. Currently, there are 275 worldwide.
Arthur Murray died in Honolulu in 1991, a month shy of what would have been the couple's 66th wedding anniversary. They met during a radio broadcast in Newark in 1924.
Kathryn Murray served as host for the popular television show, "The Arthur Murray Dance Party," which first aired in 1950 and ran for 11 years on a variety of networks.
"She was always elegant," said Richard Murphy, owner of the only Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Hawaii. "I think for millions of people who have learned to dance -- not only in the United States, but around the world -- when you think of dance instruction, you think of the Arthur Murray name. And Kathryn was synonymous with Arthur."
The Murrays were full-time Hawaii residents since 1968.
Survivors include twin daughters, Phyllis McDowell of New Haven, Conn., and Jane Heimlich of Cincinnati, whose husband, Henry Heimlich, discovered the emergency maneuver to dislodge an object stuck in the windpipe.