T.J. (Jock) Murray
A career in excellence
Dr. Jock Murray was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada, on May 30, 1938. He attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish and Dalhousie University School of Medicine in Halifax, graduating with honors in 1963.
After two years in general practice, Dr. Murray returned to Halifax to train in internal medicine and then in neurology in Halifax, London, and Toronto, before joining the Dalhousie medical faculty in 1970. He rose thereafter in rank to become professor of medicine (neurology), professor of medical humanities, and dean of medicine, with professional appointments also in the departments of family medicine, community health and epidemiology, and history at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Murray has over 300 publications. He is the author of a textbook of neurology, now in its fourth edition, and two books on the management of multiple sclerosis. He coauthored a book on medical quotations and a recent one on the quotations of Sir William Osler. He has contributed 43 chapters to other textbooks. He is or has been on the editorial board of 22 medical journals.
Dr. Murray has served as governor, chairman of the board of governors, regent, and chairman of the board of regents for the American College of Physicians. He was the founder and first president of the Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine and a past-president of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine.
Dr. Murray was a founder and currently is past-president of the Consortium of North American Multiple Sclerosis Centres and was chair of the Canadian Medical Forum. He has served as vice president of the American Academy of Neurology, as president of the Canadian Neurological Society, and as president of the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges (now named the Association of Faculties of Medicine Canada).
Dr. Murray has received many awards and has delivered many distinguished lectureships. These honors include:
- Professor of the Year award from medical students at Dalhousie University (1973)
- Officer of the Order of Canada (1991)
- Canada 125th Anniversary Medal (1992)
- Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal (2003)
- John B. Neilson Award of the Associated Medical Services and Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine (1995)
- Mastership in the American College of Physicians/American Society of Internal Medicine (1997)
- Dr. A. B. Baker Award for Lifetime Achievement in Neurological Education from the Academy of Neurology (1997)
- Labe Scheinberg Award for Lifetime Contributions to Multiple Sclerosis from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres (2000)
- Mentor of the Year Award from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2001)
- Laureate award, American College of Surgeons (Atlantic chapter, 2002)
- Gold-headed Cane Award, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie Unviersity (2003)
- Paul Harris International Award, Rotary International (2004)
- Distinguished Professional Award, Discovery Center (2005)
- Fellow, Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2005)
- ForeFront Silver Medal for Best History Book, Independent Publishers (2005)
- Dr. Lawrence McHenry Award for Medical History, American Academy of Neurology (2009)
- honorary degrees from St. Thomas University, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia College of Arts and Design, St. Francis Xavier and Acadia Universities
- Founders Award, Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (2011)
- Honourary membership, Canadian Medical Association (2011)
- Acorn Award, Dalhousie Medical Student Society for "significant and lasting contributions made to undergraduate medical education at Dalhousie University" (2011)
- Best Grand Rounds presentation Award, Department of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2011)
- Appointment to the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions (2011)
- Osler Lifetime Achievement award, American Osler Society (2013)
- Canadian Medical Hall of Fame inductee (2014)
- Kay Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award, Mutiples Sclerosis Society of Canada (2013)
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013)
- First non-British President, Johnson Society (2014)
- Inductee, Discovery Center Science Hall of Fame (2014)
- Osler Medal, American Osler Society (2014)
Dr. Murray and his wife, Janet, have four children and seven grandchildren. He and his wife have published a biography of Sir Charles Tupper. Dr. Murray has just completed a book on the history of multiple sclerosis, as well as continuing to work, with his wife Janet, on publishing an account of the history of Dalhousie Medical School.