Distinguished Service Medallion 1985

THOMAS A. MURPHY

Served General Motors Corporation following graduation in 1938, becoming chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1974. He was a member of the University of Illinois Foundation since 1968 and general chairman of the "Campaign for Illinois." He was awarded the Medallion at Foundation President's Council meeting, May 1985.

 

Board of Trustees Minutes
January 17, 1985

RECOMMENDATION FOR THE AWARD OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES' DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDALLION

The Trustees' Distinguished Service Medallion was created to recognize individuals whose contributions to the growth and development of the University of Illinois, through extraordinary service or significant benefaction, have been of unusual significance.

The Distinguished Service Medallion Award Committee, consisting of those listed below, recommends as the recipient of the medallion for 1985 the following individual:

THOMAS A MURPHY. A 1938 graduate of the University, Mr. Murphy began work for the General Motors Corporation immediately following his graduation and became comptroller, treasurer, and ultimately chairman of the board and chief executive officer in 1974. He has served as a director of the United Negro College Fund National Campaign, the United Way of America Board, and the Overseas Development Council. He has received the American Legion's Public Service Medal, the Advertising Council's Public Service Award, the Mother Cabrini Award, and the Human Relations Award of the American Jewish Committee.

Mr. Murphy has been a member of the University of Illinois Foundation since 1968 and a member of the President's Council and a director of the Foundation Board since 1971. He received the Illini Achievement Award in 1976.

In 1979, he became general chairman of the Campaign for Illinois which raised well over its $100 million goal in support for the University.

The committee recommends that the presentation of the award be made during the Foundation's Presidents Council spring meeting in Chicago on May 10,
1985.

Presented by the Committee for the Trustees' Distinguished Service Medallion Award:

GEORGE W. HOWARD, III, chairman                 GALEY S. DAY
WILLIAMD. FORSYTH, JR., ex officio                 NINA T. SHEPHERD
EDMUND R. DONOGHUE                                   PAUL STONE

On motion of Mr. Logan, this recommendation was approved.