Grover E. Murray

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Grover E. Murray
Grover E Murray 1967.jpg
Murray in 1967
BornOctober 26, 1916
DiedMay 22, 2003(2003-05-22) (aged 86)
OccupationGeologist, teacher, researcher, petroleum consultant, writer, administrator
Spouse(s)Nancy Setzer Murray (died: 1985)
Sally Sowell Williams Murray
ChildrenMartha Murray
Barbara Elizabeth Murray

Grover Elmer Murray (October 26, 1916 – May 22, 2003) was an American geologist, educator, and writer.

Early life[edit]

Grover Murray was born in Maiden, North Carolina. Shortly thereafter, his family moved to Newton where Murray attended public school. Upon graduation, he enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned a degree in geology. He went on to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he received an M.S. in 1939 and a Ph.D. in 1942.[1]

Louisiana State University[edit]

Murray began his career as a geologist in the petroleum industry. In 1948, he became a professor at LSU.[2] In 1963, Murray was promoted to Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs. Two years later, he became Vice President for Academic Affairs for the entire Louisiana State University System.[1]

Texas Tech[edit]

On September 1, 1966, Murray departed Louisiana for Lubbock, Texas, where he had accepted the job as president of Texas Technological College. During his time there, which ended in 1976, the school expanded considerably. The law school and medical school were built and the International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies was created.[1] As a result, also during Murray's time, the name of the school was changed from Texas Technological College to Texas Tech University.[3]

Member of the International Commission on the History of Geological Sciences, since 1967.

Later life[edit]

After retiring as the president of Texas Tech, Murray continued to teach a geology course. Further, he returned to geologic consulting.[1] In 1996, he was awarded the William H. Twenhofel Medal, which is the highest award given by the Society for Sedimentary Geology. Also in 1996, Murray and his wife, Sally, created the Grover E. Murray Education Award.[4] Funded by Murray, the AAPG Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award is also named in his honor.[5]

On April 10, 2015, H. Allen Anderson, a historian with the Southern Collection at Texas Tech, presented "A Bowtie Maverick in West Texas: Grover E. Murray and the Emergence of Texas Tech University" at the 92nd annual meeting at Amarillo College in Amarillo of the West Texas Historical Association.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d In Memory Of Grover Elmer Murray
  2. ^ Grover E. Murray Postcard Collection
  3. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
  5. ^ Award:Educator
  6. ^ "Building a World Class University" (PDF). West Texas Historical Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.

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