Declan and Deborah Murphy have lived in Litchfield since 2000. They make their home with their two Wheaten Terriers in one of the historic homes on South Street. Declan is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Junior Republic. They enjoy participating in community events and charities as well as good food and wine. Their son, Robertson Hartnett and his wife, Kyra, and two grandchildren, Ella Rose and Hollis Ray, also live in Litchfield.
Prior to Litchfield they lived in Montreal, Canada, where Declan was the Executive Director of the World Federation of Hemophilia, and subsequently in Fairfield, CT, where Declan was Vice President of International Business Relations for Bayer Corporation. He established Novens in 1998. Novens is a company specializing in the distribution of life saving biological products derived from human plasma, mainly in developing countries. Declan is President and Deborah is Vice President and in charge of Administration. They travel extensively due to their work.
Declan is from Dublin, Ireland. Declan is fluent in Spanish and Italian and speaks French. He has studied and worked in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Virgin Islands and Canada. He has also been a NMO representative to the World Health Organization (WHO) and served on the board of The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).
Deborah is from Oklahoma and worked on Capitol Hill for House Majority Leader and Speaker, Carl Albert. She was manager of a jewelry store in Vail, Colorado and has sold real estate in Texas, Virginia, Maryland and DC. She was active and served in several capacities in the Ladies Auxiliary of Montreal General Hospital.
They met in Washington, DC.