It is with great sadness that New Leaders Council marks the passing of a great leader, NLC board member Murray Galinson. Our condolences go out to his family. He will be sorely missed by so many.
Murray Galinson, an influential force in San Diego’s business, political and philanthropic worlds for decades, died Thursday. He was 75.
A representative for the Galinson family confirmed Thursday night he had died unexpectedly but declined further comment.
Friends said Galinson recently had surgery to remove a tumor between his brain and spinal cord but didn’t know if that was a contributing factor in his death.
A lawyer by training, Galinson grew into a political power broker, eventually becoming deputy director of Walter Mondale’s presidential campaign in 1984.
After moving to San Diego in 1970 to teach law, Galinson became a prominent political figure, once dubbed San Diego’s “Democratic kingmaker” by a local news weekly.
He had said his commitment to causes, volunteer work and equality had been nurtured by his parents, who led by example. After taking over the fledgling San Diego National Bank, Galinson filled three board positions with women, the bank’s first female trustees.