10 Questions with Murray L. Galinson, Chairman, San Diego, National Bank

Murray L. Galinson is the Chairman of the Board of San Diego National Bank. He is also on the boards of First Dental Health Corporation, the Weingart Foundation, Price Charities, PriceSmart Corporation, The Galinson Family Foundation and is a member of The Galinson Group of La Jolla, Calif.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees of California Western Law School, immediate past chair of the Board of the California State University system.

Prior to joining San Diego National Bank, he was a professor at California Western School of Law, was the Director of Administration of the Nat’l Mondale/Ferraro Campaign, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California and the District of Minnesota. He practiced law with the firm of Mullin, Galinson, Swirnoff and Weinberg in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Galinson is married to Elaine, has three adult children and eight grandchildren.

Q: What brought you to La Jolla?

I came to San Diego to teach at California Western Law School, and we fell in love with La Jolla. That was in 1970.

Q: What makes La Jolla special to you?

Besides the weather, it is like a small community that has most anything one could want.

Q: If you could snap your fingers and have it done, what might you add, subtract or improve in La Jolla?

Reduce traffic and stop road work during rush hours.

Q: Who or what inspires you?

I believe both my Dad, who was a hard-working business man, and my mother, who was a stay-at-home mom of the ‘50s and yet very involved in philanthropy. Both of them cared greatly about their family.

Q: If you hosted a dinner party for eight, who (living or deceased) would you invite?

First choice would be our eight grandchildren. After that:

Bobby Kennedy, M. Ghandi, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Sister Teresa, Golda Meir, Winston Churchill and Elaine (my wife of 48 years).

Q: Tell us about what you are currently reading.

“Kafka’s Last Love” by Kathi Diamant.

Q: What is your most prized possession?

Our home in La Jolla and all of its contents especially the family photos.

Q: What do you do for fun?

I am involved in politics and philanthropy. Also, I travel with my wife, children and grandchildren.

Q: Please describe your greatest accomplishment.

Probably starting San Diego National Bank and helping build it to what it is today.

Q: What is your motto or philosophy of life?

To help others enjoy life as I do.