Alumnus remembered for career as litigator and Court of Queen’s Bench justice

Justice Alec Murray graduated from the Faculty of Law in 1960

Sarah Kent - 21 July 2021

Justice Alec Murray, ‘60 LLB, is being remembered for his distinguished career as a prominent Edmonton litigator and as a justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench.

The University of Alberta Faculty of Law alumnus died on July 16, 2021.

Murray was born in Medicine Hat in 1932, moved to Lethbridge as a child and to Edmonton as a teenager.

He earned a bachelor of commerce at the U of A in 1954. During his degree, he lived in Rutherford House as a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity and served a term as its president.

Murray went on to complete his law degree at the Faculty of Law, graduating with the Class of 1960. After law school, Murray joined Edmonton-based firm Parlee McLaws and had a successful career as a litigator.

Murray had several notable accomplishments during his career, including his appointment as Queen’s Counsel. He also served as a bencher of the Law Society of Alberta.

In 1987, Murray was appointed to the Court of Queen’s Bench. He retired in 2007 at the age of 75.

Outside of law, Murray was passionate about sports. As a youth, he played basketball and tennis and was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers to play baseball. While polio cut his sports career short, he dedicated his time to coaching little league and served as president of the Edmonton Huskies football club.