For clarity of vision, strength of purpose, power of communication, and creativity in leadership that has gracefully guided and deeply enriched the profession, the Society, the Central Florida community, and all who call him friend.
Following a 10-and-a-half-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Mike Murray and his family settled in Orlando, FL, where he began a 31- year career as a technical communicator for Lockheed Martin. During his career, he was honored for his contributions to the profession and his employer, but it was in other arenas as well that Mike’s extraordinary qualities distinguished him as a person of remarkable gifts.
From the beginning, Mike cared deeply about his Orlando community. Even before he became an STC member in 1984, he was working tirelessly to ensure the youth of Central Florida had after-school programs that would contribute to their evolution into responsible adults. His instinct for understanding the needs of an organization and implementing appropriate changes at the right times enabled him to rejuvenate a failing youth football program and a faltering Cub Scout pack.
Mike’s many talents include announcing for youth sports. As “The Voice of the Panthers” for 23 years, Mike thrilled players and fans and was much beloved by the teams, their coaches, the faculty, the students, and their families. He was inducted into the Dr. Phillips High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Dr. Phillips press box was named in his honor.
Mike’s contributions to STC were equally effective. He is credited with being an outstanding chapter leader and inspiring the membership through innovative programming and mentoring of up-and-coming future leaders. His service to the chapter, several SIGs—particularly the AccessAbility SIG—and the Society has been exemplary, fruitful, and inspiring.