Remembering Murray Galinsonby Senator Barbara Boxer
Posted on 2013-01-29
BOXER. Madam President, today I ask my colleagues to join
me in honoring Murray Galinson, an extraordinary San Diego community
leader who died earlier this month in California at age 75. Murray was
a dear friend of mine, and I will miss him terribly.
Murray Galinson's accomplishments were legendary--as a businessman, philanthropist, teacher, political activist and adviser, friend of Israel, and, above all, family man. But even these amazing achievements do not begin to capture the person Murray was or the life that he lived.
As Rabbi Michael Berk told a 1,000 mourners at San Diego's Temple Beth Israel, Murray was ``a man of substance and loyalty . . . a man who loved family and friends, a man of character and integrity, a man devoted to his people and his community, a man of national stature, a man whom we Jews would call a mensch, a fine example of what a human being should be, a man who leaves this world with the highest attainment: a shem tov, a good name.'' Murray was a remarkable person who was loved and admired by all who knew him and whose countless acts of charity, kindness, and public service touched thousands of people who never met him.
Murray Galinson was a proud Democrat who always sought to build bridges and consensus across party lines. As Rabbi Berk noted, Murray exemplified ``what it means to serve in the noble cause of bettering the lives of those with whom we share this country and this planet by seeking answers to our problems, not just winning.'' On behalf of the people of California, who benefitted so much from his life and works, I send my love, gratitude, and deepest sympathy to Murray's beloved wife, Elaine, and their children, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren.
One measure of Murray's profound impact on his community is how difficult it is to imagine San Diego without him--yet I know that he will live on through his good works and in the hearts of all of us who knew and loved this remarkable man.