Alan Murdock was born in Ottawa in 1937. An honours graduate from Fisher Park High School, he followed his father to McGill University. Graduating in 1959 with a Bachelor of Science and again in 1963 with a degree in medicine, he went on to become a paediatrician with a PhD in Medicine Physiology from London University (UK).
Dr. Murdock has been a medical researcher, neonatologist and has held senior positions in public health administration at the federal, provincial and community level. For the past 18 years, he has been a community-based paediatrician focusing his consulting practice on children with learning and behavioural difficulties.
The Murdock family moved from Ottawa, Ontario to St. Albert in Alberta in 1990. He is a member and Past president of the Rotary Club of St. Albert and is the recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow award.
An advocate for the arts, Dr. Murdock is Chair of the St Albert Rotary Music Festival and is a founding member of the St. Albert Chamber Music Recital Series. He is Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Arts and Heritage Foundation of St. Albert and is the recipient of the Mayor’s Gala Award for Arts Leadership. A gift to the Banff Centre has recently created the Alan and Christene Murdock Endowment Fund for Dancers.
The St. Albert Gazette has been publishing his Commentaries since February 2003.
Dr. Murdock and his wife Christene have three adult children – Jennifer, Heather and Andrew. Christene passed away in 2007.