President Murray


Walter Murray in his office, ca. 1937 (University Archives photograph A-5537)

Walter Charles Murray was born 12 May 1866 in Studholm parish, King's county, New Brunswick. He started his academic career at the University of New Brunswick, receiving a B.A. in 1886. After earning a grammar school license at the provincial Normal School, Murray went to University of Edinburgh as the Canadian Gilchrist scholar, and received an M.A. in philosophy in 1891. After a brief period of study in Berlin, Murray returned to the University of New Brunswick as a Professor of Philosophy and Economics. From 1892 to 1908, he was Munro Professor of Philosophy and lecturer in Education at Dalhousie University. During this time Murray married Christine Cameron, who he had known since grade school; they subsequently had three daughters. In 1908 he was appointed the University of Saskatchewan's first President, a position he held until his retirement in 1937. In conjunction with his duties at the University of Saskatchewan, Murray served on a number of commissions, boards and councils. Upon his retirement he was named President Emeritus and remained active in the local community until his death in March 1945.

Virtual exhibit: Walter Murray: The Lengthened Shadow

President's Report, June 1909

Tribute to President Murray by Grant MacEwan, 1946