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Greg McMurray

Profile Updated: May 19, 2014
Residing In:
Lake Oswego, OR USA
Mary Turnock
Oceanographic Consultant on Renewable Energy
Lela Marie, born 1985
Russell Keighley, born 1987

I left Ohio in 1972, as an urban refugee, to attend graduate school at Oregon State University. After finishing my PhD in 1976, I worked in San Francisco for a year; then returned to Oregon, where I've been ever since. I married an Oregon gal in 1982 and we settled in Lake Oswego and now have two grown children, but no grandkids (yet). Hope springs eternal.

I got hooked on environmental work somewhere around the first Earth Day (1970). My profession has been in oceanographic research and consulting; I joined Oregon state government in 1984. Almost all of my work has been to address the impact of human activites on estuaries and coastal oceans. I retired from state service in 2009, and am presently working as a consultant on identifying and resolving the environmental issues facing the development of ocean renewable energy resources (think wind, wave and tidal). The best of the oceanograpy was some 400 days of sea time, especially in Alaska and way out at sea. I was lucky enough to work on the exploration of Gorda Ridge, an ocean spreading center offshore Oregon and California in 1984-88. But in the field or at a desk, the work has always been challenging and compelling, which has kept me going.

I have taken up road biking to stay in shape, but my real passion is/was the sport and martial art of judo, which I pursued very actively for 35 years. Unfortunately, my knee replacements have recently driven me off the mat. Perhaps my biggest judo thrill was putting an earned black belt on my son when he was a high school senior.

I don't miss the summer humidity in Ohio, but I do miss thunderstorms and fireflies. I also miss snow, but we generally have plenty in the mountains where we still cross country ski. At 62, the knees are gone, but the spirit lives on - so the distance traveled just gets shorter.

I uploaded a few family shots and some of my favorite oceanography photos two years ago, and I will leave them up, but add a a few new ones. I'll post one of our new Tesla Roadster. Who says "green" has to be boring? I'll also post a few video stills from the 1998 national Masters judo competition in the spirit of admitting that there were some days along the way when "the bear got me" as they say.

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Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
This is our 2010 Tesla Roadster - all electric. The performace is comparable to that of a Porsche Carrera, but the range is limited to about 240 miles on a charge. However, it gets the equivalent of 100 mpg, so it is almost guilt free.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
This video still series shows what happens when you compete in judo over your appropriate weight class. I'm at the front of the shot and am drawn into an attack and a big mistake.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
My opponent "clotheslines" me and sweeps both legs out. This is a perfect judo throw - I wish I had done it!
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
The opponent lands with his chest on my nose, still driving through the throw.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Job finished, the opponent gets up.
Posted: Dec 17, 2013 at 12:56 AM
I am left trying to remember where I am. The next year, I went from 160# down to 145# and did much better.
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Russell, Mary and Greg at Lela's wedding in Calgary (2008).
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Lela on Santorini after her final on-site senior class in Greek culture, University of Victoria (2007).
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Greg holding a very large spot prawn in the Misty Fjords, southeast Alaska (1979).
Posted: Mar 08, 2014 at 1:00 AM
Downtown San Francisco from just inside the Golden Gate Bridge, from the USGS ship R/V Polaris (1977).