CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
In the Green Room

Ken Murray

A Doctor Who Walks On the Wild Side

Dr. Ken Murray is the author of “How Doctors Die” and a retired family medicine physician and professor at the University of Southern California. Before participating in a panel on end-of-life care, he revealed a preference for Corona, the fall, and the call of the wild in the Zócalo green room.

Q:
What is your favorite cocktail?

A:
An occasional Corona. With lime.

Q:
If you could be anyone in history, who would you be?

A:
Mozart. The creativity—I admire creativity.

Q:
What’s the last thing that inspired you?

A:
A wilderness ranger I worked with who demonstrated incredible passion for his work.

Q:
What’s your favorite wilderness within striking distance of L.A.?

A:
The Golden Trout Wilderness. It’s located North and East of Bakersfield.

Q:
What is your biggest weakness?

A:
Not completing projects completely before starting the next.

Q:
How did you get into trouble as a child?

A:
Boredom. Boredom led me into trouble.

Q:
What profession would you like to practice in your next life?

A:
Law. If I weren’t practicing medicine—and I would practice medicine again—law is another occupation that can change people’s lives for the better.

Q:
What’s your favorite season?

A:
Fall because of the changing of seasons, the changing of leaves in the trees.

Q:
What comforts you?

A:
Fishing.

Q:
Whom do you go to for advice?

A:
My friends. I have several friends I go to, and depending upon what the issue is, I will ask one or more of them.