WMC mourns the loss of Mick McMurry - philanthropist, visionary and friend

By Kristy Bleizeffer Mar 10, 2015

We at Wyoming Medical Center are shocked and saddened by the news of Mick McMurry’s passing at his home early this morning. Mick and his wife, Susie McMurry, have been staunch supporters of Wyoming Medical Center and their community, and Mick’s leadership will be greatly missed.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mick’s family, and to his wife, Susie. Mick was not only a champion of health care, education and children in Casper and Wyoming, but he was a dear friend,” said Vickie Diamond, President and CEO of Wyoming Medical Center. “Mick believed it is up to each of us to build the community in which we want to live, and the evidence of their generosity can be found across the state. Mick was loved and our sympathies are with his family.”

This portrait of Mick and Susie McMurry, painted by Justin Hayward, hangs in in the first-floor lobby of the McMurry West Tower.

This portrait of Mick and Susie McMurry, painted by Justin Hayward, hangs in the first-floor lobby of the McMurry West Tower.

In October, 2013, The Pulse had the opportunity to sit down with Mick and Susie who shared their philosophy behind their extensive philanthropy across the state. “We’ve had great mentors. We both grew up in modest beginnings, but our parents showed the value of giving back,” Susie told us then. “And there were wonderful people in Casper who we’ve watched and been mentored by. I think that’s also our responsibility now: to be mentors to our children and our community.”

Mick was a great mentor to countless numbers of educators, leaders and civic-minded people. You can read the profile on Mick and Susie here.

The McMurrys have had a long relationship with Wyoming Medical Center. Each was born at Memorial Hospital of Natrona County in 1946, 10 months apart. Susie is a board member of both the hospital and our foundation. Over the years, they gave generously of their time, money and support to build a stronger, healthier community:

  • In 2013, they became the lead donors to our McMurry West Tower.
  • In 2001, they partnered with local physicians to build the McMurry Medical Arts Building, providing needed office space to several physicians and practices.
  • They supported the remodel and expansion of the hospital’s emergency room in 1999.
  • 30 years ago, Susie McMurry founded Gentle Hands, a program offering non-medical support to patients and families at Wyoming Medical Center, providing everything from plane tickets to clothes to neck pillows that make hospital beds more comfortable. Susie is often spotted walking our halls, asking patients and families how they could help. Mick was often by her side.

“Susie McMurry has been a remarkable leader for Wyoming Medical Center, and I have learned much from serving with her on the board of directors. Our hearts go out to her,” said Chris Muirhead, chairman of the WMC board of directors. “Susie and Mick’s contributions to this hospital, this town and this state cannot be overstated. Mick’s vision and generosity will be hard to replace.”

Alisha Havens, development director of Wyoming Medical Center Foundation, agreed: "Mick McMurry was an inspiration to everyone, and Susie and the McMurry family are in our prayers," she said. "Mick was a genuine soul that always believed in bettering his community and state. His generosity to the WMC Foundation and the health of our community will always be remembered."

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