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Ken Murray


Ken Murray was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1924, but lived in a number of locations in rural Ontario as his father was a United Church minister. In the early 40’s they were living in Keene, near Peterborough, when he joined the Royal Canadian Navy. After he was discharged, he attended Rehab School to complete his grade 13, so he could go to University. Because of an interest developed for the meat industry, he decided to attend the Ontario Agricultural College and enrolled in the Fall of 1946. While a student he was active on the Class executive etc. and was married after his second year. He gives credit to some of his Professors for his accomplishments later in life.

Ken spent his whole career with J.M. Schneider Incorporated in Kitchener, starting in 1950 as a salesperson, then a livestock buyer, a supervisor and superintendent in the plant, General Manager and in 1969 was appointed President, and held that position for 17 years until he retired. During that 17-year period Schneider’s grew from sales of about $70 million to $650 million. He served on the Boards of several Corporations, was always active in the community where he lived and continued to be active in retirement, even serving as interim Vice-President of Alumni Affairs and Development at the University of Guelph for 23 months and on the OAC Advisory committee. Ken owned a livestock farm in Bruce county for several years too. He encouraged young people to be involved in areas outside of their place of employment, so that they can serve their community, in a larger sense.

Ken Murray was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Guelph; was named Alumnus of Honour in 1987; and was given an Honourary degree from Guelph in about 1995. Also, he has an Honourary degree from the University of Waterloo.

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D. Murray Brown
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RE1 UOG A1340127