Berkeley alumna and staffer Margaret Murdock played the bells for 60 years. (UC Berkeley photo)

Summer 1923: Margaret Murdock, a UC staff member, begins her 60-year-long career playing the bells in the Campanile. Hers is the longest service among the many employees, students and volunteers who perform in the bell tower over the decades. In 1978, Murdock receives the first Berkeley Citation given to a woman for her extraordinary service to the campus.

Of those who hear the bells ring, Murdock says, “Some of them very much take it for granted and others, I think, really do stop to listen and wonder.”

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