Fonds SCA194-GA169 - Kenneth G. Murray fonds.

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Kenneth G. Murray fonds.

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26 cm of textual records

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Kenneth G. Murray is a philanthropist living in the Waterloo-Wellington area of Ontario. He was born in 1924 in Chatham, Ont. and served in the Canadian Navy from 1943 to 1945., He was educated at the Ontario Agricultural College in Guelph, Ont. and received a B.SC. (Agriculture) in 1950. From 1950 to 1987 he worked for J.M. Schneider in Kitchener, Ont., starting as a salesman and becoming president, a position he filled from 1969 to 1985. He has been a director on the boards of several corporations: Homewood Health Centre and Corporation in Guelph, Ont.; Canada Trust in London, Ont.; and B.F. Goodrich, Dominion Life Insurance Co. Ltd and J.M. Schneider Inc. in Kitchener, Ont. He has actively supported, in person and financially, many community organizations and initiatives as well as educational facilities and opportunities in Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph. These include the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Westmount Golf Club, Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation, K-W Oktoberfest, Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, Kitchener Young Men's Club, Kitchener Public School Board and the Kitchener-Waterloo Operatic Society. In 1993 he initiated the Homewood Foundation in Guelph, a fundraising and granting agency for mental health research, education and patient care. The Universities of Guelph and Waterloo have benefited from his involvement. At the University of Guelph he initiated the Science and Society Project and the Ken Murray Annual Lecture Series, was on the Board of Governors from 1971 to 1979 and has served on several committees and in fundraising campaigns. At the University of Waterloo Ken Murray initiated the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) in 1992.
Ken Murray has received many honours and awards in the course of his lifetime, including the Order of Canada in 2000, and The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee medal in 2002. He received honourary degrees from the University of Guelph and the University of Waterloo in 1996 and 1995 respectively.

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Fonds consists of texts of speeches given by Ken Murray from 1967 to 2004.

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Donated by Ken Murray in 2004.


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