December 9, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — Ray Murray, a supporter of the Florida Holocaust Museum from its beginnings, passed away on December 7, 2014. He was 85.
Passionately interested in creating a better world, Mr. Murray was engaged in the Museum’s work and served on the FHM Leadership Council. While Mr. Murray had curtailed his activities this spring, he made time to celebrate Museum Founder Walter Loebenberg’s 90th birthday with him.
“Ray Murray was a giant. He was a man of deep and abiding faith, a wonderful family man and community leader, a great businessman, and a very generous philanthropist. He will be missed tremendously,” said FHM Board Chair Nathaniel L. Doliner.
One of the Museum’s galleries was originally named “The Murray Gallery,” but after FHM Founding Director Larry Wasser’s sudden death, Mr. Murray insisted that the gallery be named after Wasser. The Museum’s third floor library and research area was later named in honor of Mr. Murray and his wife Nancy.
“Ray made a tremendous difference in the life of the Florida Holocaust Museum, as well as the entire community. He was an example of the true philanthropist. It made no difference where you came from; if he believed in what you were doing, he was there for constant support. Ray was a giving, caring human being, and will be dearly missed by everyone whose lives he touched,” said FHM Board Member Toni Rinde.
“The Museum, along with the entire Tampa Bay community, is poorer for the loss of this kind and generous man,” said FHM Executive Director Elizabeth Gelman.
Mr. Murray’s family will hold private funeral services, but are arranging a public memorial service after the New Year.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.