Judge establishes $1 million scholarship through Xavier to benefit Elder High School teachers

University presents Judge Norman Murdock the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the undergraduate commencement ceremony | May 16, 2007

Judge Norman Murdock has served his hometown of Cincinnati in a variety of ways, including as a Hamilton County Commissioner, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives and a judge on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas. Now, Judge Murdock and his wife Patricia are giving back in a new way, establishing a $1 million endowed scholarship through his alma mater, Xavier University.

The goal of the Judge Norman A. & Patricia Murdock Elder Faculty Scholarship Fund is to provide teachers and administrators at Elder High School, Murdock’s high school alma mater, with an opportunity to advance their education to provide the best education possible for Elder students.

“Our overriding desire is to promote and provide an excellent Catholic education to Elder students and promote and extol high moral and Christian values,” says Murdock, who is now retired.

Elder teachers and administrators may apply for the scholarships beginning in the 2007-2008 school year. The number of scholarship recipients each year will vary.

“Norm and Pat have always had a magnificent relationship with Elder High School supporting our school in a variety of ways,” says Tom Otten, principal of Elder. “The Elder-Xavier connection has been mutually supportive with over 50 percent of our current faculty holding degrees from Xavier, and many of our grads choosing to pursue higher education at Xavier. We are excited about the opportunity Norm and Pat are extending to our faculty in order to ensure that Elder students will continue to have teachers prepared for the classroom in the Jesuit tradition of education."

Murdock is a first generation American. His parents emigrated to the U.S. from Lebanon. As a young boy growing up in Price Hill, he attended Holy Family School and earned money by mowing lawns, selling magazines door-to-door, peddling newspapers on a Cincinnati street corner and selling Coca-Cola in the bleachers at Crosley Field.

In 1949, he graduated from Elder High School. Murdock came to Xavier in 1951 and worked full time during his four years of study at the University. Despite his schedule, he graduated 12th in his class in 1955. He worked full time as he earned his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1968 and now serves on its board of visitors.

In 1967, Murdock was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives and served six terms. In 1979, he was elected a Hamilton County Commissioner, a position he held until 1989, when he was elected to a term as judge of the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. In 1980 he served as President Ronald Reagan’s Ohio Campaign Chairman and in 1982, President Reagan appointed Murdock vice-chairman of the intergovernmental council on education under the secretary of education.

Murdock and his wife Pat, who still live in Price Hill, have been married for 50 years and have six children and 15 grandchildren. On Saturday, May 19, in recognition of his outstanding service to Xavier University, the community and for living a life that reflects Jesuit values, Xavier University presented Murdock the Distinguished Alumnus Award at the Xavier University undergraduate commencement ceremony.