Dr. Everitt George Dunne Murray

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Dr. Everitt George Dunne Murray

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1890 - 6 July 1964


[Source - Chloe Rushovich for FHYA , 2017, using the Obituary Notice for Murray written in the Journal of General Microbiology, 1967 Vol. 46, and the McGill University Department of Microbiology and Immunology website, 2017: Dr. Everitt G.D. Murray, known as 'Jo'burg' to his friends and colleagues, was born in Johannesburg in 1890. At age 15 he was sent to Downside School in England, and then went on to study at the University of Cambridge, where he developed a particular interest in zoology. He later underwent medical training at Bart's. In 1916 he qualified as a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries. In the same year, he was sent Mesopotamia to work on dysentery, until he fell ill and was sent to India to recover. After India, he returned to Johannesburg to see his father, and worked as Medical Officer in charge of troopships on both the east and west coasts of Africa. He married Winifred Woods in December 1917. In 1919 Murray was appointed Demonstrator in Pathology at Bart’s and in 1920 he became an M.R.C. Research Bacteriologist, at first working in the Field Laboratories in Milton Road, Cambridge. Murray became the first chairman of the Department of Bacteriology at McGill University in 1931. In addition to his various academic posts, Murray actively served McGill’s teaching hospitals. Until 1955 he was Bacteriologist-in-Chief of the Royal Victoria Hospital including the closely affiliated Montreal Maternity Hospital and the Montreal Neurological Institute, and an Honorary Consultant to the Royal Victoria, Montreal General, Children’s Memorial, Jewish General, and Royal Edward Laurentian Hospitals. He was also Honorary Consultant to the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada and a member of the Board of Governors of the Alexandra Hospital. Murray collected ethnographic and biological material from southern Africa, some of which is housed in the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.]


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