Long-time AAG member and former Chairman of the Georgia State University Department of Geography, Malcolm “Mick” Murray died August 8, 2004. Murray was recognized as a fifty-year member of the AAG at the 2002 Annual Meeting in Los Angeles.
Born in Stratford, Ontario, Canada on December 22, 1925, Murray received a BA in General Science from the University of Western Ontario (1948) and an MA and PhD in geography from Syracuse University (1950 and 1955).
From 1952 until 1968 he was a faculty member in the Department of Geography at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. During that period he traveled as a Fulbright scholar to the University of Southhampton in England and on a Rockefeller Foundation assignment to the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
In 1968 he was recruited by Georgia State University as Chairman of the newly founded Department of Geography. He developed a graduate program for that department, and spent ten years as Chairman before resigning in 1978 and remaining as full professor until his retirement in 1988. In 1975, while at Georgia State University, he served as a full professor of geography at the University of New England in Australia.
Murray travelled widely and his research and publications ranged from medical geography to recreation geography, computer graphics and the geography of energy.
Malcolm Murray (Necrology). 2004. AAG Newsletter 39(11): 20.