Tom Murray
Tom Murray
Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum has hired Tom Murray as resource development officer.

"We are so lucky to have Tom at Vesterheim," Steve Johnson, executive director, said. "He brings a great deal of experience and knowledge in this area to the museum."

Of his new position, Murray reflected that he is, "looking forward to representing Vesterheim and to working with the museum staff, the Board of Trustees, and the many friends of the museum to strengthen the resources and the future of this remarkable institution."

A native of Davenport, Murray graduated from the University of Iowa in 1968 with a major in political science and a minor in history. Following two years on active duty in the U.S. Army (1969-1971), he began a sales and marketing career with E.R. Squibb & Sons, Inc.

In 1988 ,Murray, his wife Jean, and their two sons moved to Decorah, where Murray served for 24 years as a Development Officer at Luther College, retiring in December 2012. During his career at Luther College, he was actively involved in five capital campaigns.

When not at work, Murray may be found working with his wife in their small fruit orchard and chasing trout in area streams. He also serves on three non-profit boards-The Iowa Driftless Chapter of Trout Unlimited, The Friends of the Decorah Fish Hatchery and Winneshiek County Conservation.

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