Tracy Wilson Murray died on May 15.
After graduating from Okanogan High School, Tracy attended Washington State University and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1962. That was followed by a master’s degree in 1965 and a doctorate in economics in 1969, both at Michigan State University. He worked as an assistant professor of economics at the University of New Mexico from 1966 to1968. During that time, he met and married Katherine Ann Paton.
Murray’s career took him to the Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor 1969-1974, then to New York University 1974-1978 as an associate professor and on to the University of Arkansas as the Conoco Phillips Petroleum Company distinguished professor at the Walton College of Business from 1978 until his retirement in 2010.
He also served as an economist at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1971-1973. He worked for the United States International Trade Commission in Washington, DC from 1987 to 1989, and was a professor at the Toulouse Business School in Toulouse, France from 2001- 2010.
Murray also acted as an economic consultant for the United Nations, for the Organization of American States, as well as for the World Bank, the Organization of European Cooperation and Development.
He was also a economic consultant for the governments of the United States, Columbia, Argentina, Morocco and Uruguay. Along with many scholarly articles, Tracy authored the textbook Trade Preferences for Developing Countries (Problems of Economic Integration).
After his retirement, he and wife Kathi Murray, moved to Corrales where he was often seen driving his classic Citroen Deux Chevaux in the Corrales 4th of July parade.
He is survived by his wife, Kathi, their daughter Lisa (Murray) Lester and her husband Kent Lester, their son Scott Murray, and grandchildren Alec and Lila Murray, as well as Tammy and Patrick Lane of Corrales and Stephen and Eryn Prothero of Albuquerque.
A private burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park and a Celebration of Life will be held later this summer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Albuquerque Woodworkers Association at P.O. Box 36133 Albuquerque, NM 87176-6133 or at www.abqawa.org
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