Mike Murray – fellows
For mentoring, encouraging, and guiding technical communicators in Central Florida; for being instrumental to the success of the Accessibility SIG; and for dedicated leadership at the Society level.
Following a 10½-year career in the United States Air Force, Mike Murray and his family settled in Orlando, Florida, wherehe began a 31-year tenure as 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 that Mike’s extraordinary qualities distinguished him as a person of remarkable gifts.
In 2001, Mike was persuaded to serve the Orlando Chapter in the role of Vice President. As two-term Vice Presidentand three-term President, Mike made profoundly important contributions to a substantially moribund chapter. Under his leadership, Orlando became an award-winning community (winning its first three of nine Community of Distinction awards), and Mike went on to create innovative programs and share them via annual conference presentations. He mentored numerous members and communities and served as a positive role model for his colleagues and friends.
In addition to his STC accomplishments at the local level, Mike served with distinction on the STC Board of Directors and helped organize the first Community Affairs Committee (CAC). He also mentored struggling STC communities during downturns in membership, leadership, and volunteerism. His service to the chapter, several SIGs—particularly the Accessibility SIG—and the Society has been exemplary and inspiring.
From the very beginning of his Orlando residency, Mike cared deeply about his community, working tirelessly to ensure that the youth of Central Florida had after-school programs that would contribute to their evolution into responsible adults. His instincts 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 and their management. He was inducted into the Dr. Phillips High School Sports Hall of Fame, and the Dr. Phillips press box was named in his honor. In retirement, Mike continues to serve the Orlando Central Florida (OCF) Chapter by giving freely of his advice and sharing his knowledge. He is currently writing a series of articles on the subject of excellence, which is published in Memo to Members, the OCF newsletter, and he is planning to return to his personal blog on the subject of the disability experience, Tales from Da Voice, inthe near future.