Vivian Kay (Voelker) Murray

Honored by:Christopher D. Murray
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Vivian Kay (Voelker) Murray graduated from ISU in 1967 in Institution Management. Vivian was a member of Pi Beta Phi while at Iowa State so Carrie Chapman Catt Hall has special significance for her. While in school she was very involved in activities and received the Pi Beta Phi Service Award was selected as Area Commander of Angel Flight was chairman of University Lutheran Smorgasbord was active with Veishea and many other activities.

After graduation she completed her dietetic internship at Eastman Kodak company and then returned to Iowa State to work in the Residence Hall Food Service. She was an assistant manager at Birch Hall and then was manager at Maple-Willow-Larch Halls for 10 years. She started the tradition of Banana-Split night on the first day of finals and enjoyed planning theme dinners and special events.

In 1969 Vivian was a counselor at Camp Hertko Hollow Iowa Camp for Diabetic Youth. In 1970 she became the director and has directed the camp for the past 25 years. Over 200 children attend the camp each summer and benefit from the educational experiences and comradeship. In 1980 she received the American Diabetes Association National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diabetes & Camping. She also received the Iowa Affiliate's Director's Service Award in 1978 and the Special Achievement Award in 1994. The camp has always taken priority each year as she recruits and directs 60 volunteer staff members and plans activities for the children ages 5-16 who enjoy the camping experience. Vivian also directs Southern Arizona Chapter of Diabetes Educators' Sports Day Camp in Tucson each summer. This year marks the 10th anniversary for that camp which serves 25 campers. Vivian has served on the National Camping & Diabetes Committee and attended numerous national conferences.

When the Murrays moved to Tucson in 1979 Vivian worked at Park Student Center at the University of Arizona (for 3 years) and also as the consulting dietitian for Desert Life Health Care Center (for 7 years). She then became the Director of Dietary Services at Life Care Center for 7 years while the census grew from 40 residents to 170 residents. For the past 1 1/2 years Vivian has been the Food Service Manager for the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind.

She has been active with Sunshine Volunteer Auxiliary, El Tour de Tucson Bike Ride, Neighborhood Watch Program, Girl Scouts Lutheran Church of Ascension and Pilot International. In 1974 Vivian received the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from ISU and also the American Dietetic Association Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in Iowa. Vivian serves as the contact person for the ISU Alumni and makes arrangements for the yearly dinner meetings. ISU has been an important part of her life. Her father and 2 sisters and 2 brothers all graduated from ISU and her father served on the Extension staff for 35 years and I was the Women's Track & Field and Cross Country Coach at Iowa State for 10 years so ISU is a family tradition !!! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this outstanding project.

-Christopher D. Murray