In Memoriam to Dr. Clifford Murino
Former DRI President (1980-1983), Clifford Murino, passed away on January 4, 2014 in Newport Oregon.
Dr. Murino served as President of DRI from 1980 to 1983. With a Ph. D. in geophysics from St. Louis University, he had previously served as atmospheric technology director for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).
Dr. Murino brought to DRI a strong background in the use of advanced computer techniques for research management and fiscal administration and set out to develop a long-range fiscal strategy for the institute. Part of that strategy was the establishment of the DRI Research Foundation in 1982.
As an atmospheric physicist, Dr. Murino helped further DRI’s reputation as a leader in cloud-seeding technology, particularly through the State of Nevada Cloud Seeding Project. He also established DRI’s statewide Advisory Committee, composed of respected leaders in Nevada’s economic and government sectors, to provide guidance on the best ways to apply the institute’s capabilities to help meet Nevada’s needs.
In 1983, Dr. Murino left the institute to become president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), where he served until his retirement in 1988.
In 1984, Dr. Murino was nominated by President Reagan to be a member of the National Science Board and also served as President of the American Meteorological Society in 1985.