Prominent San Diegan Murray Galinson Dies

Many friends say if you knew Murray Galinson, you liked him

By R. Stickney
|  Friday, Jan 4, 2013  |  Updated 3:09 PM PDT
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Prominent San Diegan Murray Galinson Dies

NBC 7 San Diego

An image captured from file video shows Murray Galinson in a 1996 television interview.

An informal memorial will be held Friday for longtime San Diegan, attorney and political leader Murray Galinson.

The La Jolla resident passed away Thursday at 75 the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Galinson, who managed Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign, was a leader in the local Democratic Party for decades.

He taught law at California Western School of Law for more than 10 years in the 1970s and ran San Diego National Bank as its President and CEO.

Most important – Galinson (pictured right in a 1995 interview with NBC 7) worked to give back to the community.

Michael Brunker, Executive Director at Jackie Robinson Family YMCA, posted his condolences via Facebook calling Galinson a “true servant leader” who “was a great example of turning one's success into significance.”

Vice President Joe Biden was called Friday regarding Galinson's passing, said a friend.

Galinson was remembered by The City Club of San Diego Friday at Athens Market.

His friend of 40 years, George Mitrovich, said that he believe Galinson will go down in San Diego history as "one of a kind."

"I've never met anyone who was more like or highly respected that Murray," Mitrovich said. "He will be acknowledged as one of San Diego's great civic leaders."

Galinson is survived by his wife, Elaine, three children and eight grandchildren.

Congressman Scott Peters said he and his wife are "greatly saddened by the unexpected death of our friend Murray."

"We’ve had the privilege of being included in many of the political and civic-minded events he and Elaine have hosted in their home. And I’ve had the great privilege and great honor to know him, work with him, and in many ways, to learn from this wise, kind, and thoughtful leader."
 

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