Murray Thomson

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Murray Thomson
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Murray McCheyne Thomson

(1922-12-19)December 19, 1922
Honan, China
DiedMay 2, 2019(2019-05-02) (aged 96)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
ResidenceOttawa, Canada
AwardsPearson Medal of Peace (1990),
Order of Canada (2001)

Murray McCheyne Thomson OC was born in December 19, 1922[1] in Honan, China where his parents were Christian missionaries. He died on May 2, 2019, in Ottawa, Canada. [2] Thomson founded many non-profits in Canada.[3] He was the 1990 recipient of the Pearson Medal of Peace[4][5] for his work in peace and justice[6] and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001.[7][8] He was also awarded the (Canadian) Golden Jubilee Medal[9] and the Diamond Jubilee Medal[10][11] He is a former Executive Director of CUSO.[5]

He is credited in helping the formation of:

Murray was a recognized international expert and advisor to governments, aid organizations, and lobbyists on disarmament and arms control.[8] He was significantly involved in starting the United Nations World Disarmament Campaign and drafting its policy document, which was passed by the United Nations General Assembly.[8] He continued to be active in advocating for disarmament into 2019.[12] For several years he led a campaign among members of the Order of Canada in calling for an international Nuclear Weapons Convention. Over 1,030 members of the Order have signed the statement as of May 2019.[13]


  • Thomson, Murray (2015). Minutes to midnight : why more than 800 Order of Canada recipients call for nuclear disarmament (PDF). Ottawa, ON: Author. ISBN 978-0-9696808-1-9.
  • A Time to Disarm: A Discussion Guide for Stimulating a National Dialogue on Canada and the UN's Special Session on Disarmament, 23 May - 28 June, 1978 By Ernie Regehr and Murray Thomson
  • Daring Confidence: The Life and Times of Andrew Thomson in China 1906-1942. By Murray Thomson
  • Toward a Culture of Peace: Can We Afford to Pay the Price? By Murray Thomson


  1. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2000). The Canadian Who's who. University of Toronto Press. p. 1257. ISBN 0802049397.
  2. ^ Murray Thomson at Peaceweb/Peace/Ottawa
  3. ^ "Canadian Who's Who 1997 entry". Retrieved April 4, 2006.
  4. ^ Sharpe, Alan (February 1991). "Murray Thomson: Ottawa's Peace Medal Winner". Peace and Environment News. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d Watson, Rick. "The Peacefund Canada Foundation". Peace Brigades International Canada. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  6. ^ Gruending, Dennis (8 December 2012). "Murray Thomson, peace activist at 90". Retrieved 1 August 2016.
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  12. ^ "Canada must join new negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons". Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. 1 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Welcome". Canadians for a Nuclear Weapons Convention. 1 December 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2018.

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