Dwight H. Murray


Distinguished Alumni Service Award (1956)
M.D., 1917


Indiana University alumnus Dwight H. Murray rose to prominence in the medical profession, and is remembered as a selfless supporter and pioneer of American medicine. Born in Springfield, Indiana on May 16, 1888, Murray graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1917, and soon after joined the Navy and worked as a physician.

Murray did postgraduate work at the U. S. Naval Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1920, was officially licensed to practice medicine in the state of California. He practiced out of Napa for the rest of his life.

In 1938, Murray was made a member of the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association, and beginning in 1940, he was Chairman of its Committee on Public Policy and Legislation. In 1944 and 45, he was a delegate from the California Medical Association to the American Medical Association House of Delegates, in 1950, he was a member of the A.M.A. Board of Trustees, becoming Chairman in 1951. In 1956, he was elected President of the American Medical Association by the House of Delegates at the 104th Annual Meeting in Atlantic City.

At the time of his retirement, Murray was Chief of the Medical Staff at Parks Victory Memorial Hospital in Napa, and was a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Blue Shield Plans.

As testament to Murray's lasting legacy, the Annual Dr. Dwight H. Murray, Sr. Men's Golf Invitational takes place in Napa Valley each year as a benefit for the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation.