T.J. (Jock) Murray

Professor Emeritus

Mailing Address: 
CRC Building, Room C-115 5849 University Avenue, PO Box 15000, Halifax NS B3H 4R2

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:

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.