Malcolm A. Murray
1925 - 2004
"Heck of a last push pin!"
loved life and lived it to the full. Our family traveled around
the globe. He had a huge map on the wall full of push pins of
where he and my mom had traveled. Those pins went from Machu Picchu,
Peru to Southampton, England to Ibadan, Nigeria to Melbourne,
Australia. They visited every continent except Antarctica (which
he refused to trespass on because of environmental concerns).
Mick was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He earned his doctorate
at Syracuse University and served as professor of geography at
Miami University of Ohio. On sabbaticals, he taught for a year
at the University of Southampton, England and later at the University
of Ibadan in Nigeria. In 1968 he became the first chairman of
the new geography department at Georgia State University. In 1978,
Mick gave up the chairmanship and became a regular full professor.
He retired in 1988.
But all work and no play was not his philosophy. He enjoyed
many sports and stayed active right up to the end. For 20 years
Mick was involved with GSU’s “Touch the Earth Program”
teaching white water canoeing. He often took weeklong bicycle
trips including “BRAG” (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia),
sometimes biking in more exotic spots like the Yucatan. He loved
to downhill ski, scuba dive, and could be relied upon to cream
one and all on the badminton court.
My dad was a fun, active person, very witty and full of life.
He liked to joke and keep people on their toes. My mom said once
that it took her five years to figure out when he was kidding
and when he wasn‘t. But he was also a very loving and concerned
individual. Mick was a longtime member (and sometime deacon and
choir member) of Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church. All during
the 1990s, my dad and mom organized and oversaw distribution of
food baskets and other goodies to needy families at Thanksgiving
and Christmas. They also wielded paintbrush and hammer for several
Habitat for Humanity projects. And Mick started a family tradition
of giving goats for Christmas (not to each other but to needy
families in Haiti).
We’re going to miss you, Dad. Enjoy this last push pin
Alan Murray (son) of Malcolm