Richard B. Wirthlin, chief strategist of Ronald Reagan's presidential election victories in 1980 and 1984, was recently honored with Murray High School's Outstanding Alumnus Award.

Wirthlin, from the Class of '49, was a student body officer, scholastic leader and football and track letterman at Murray. A faculty member at the University of California and the University of Southern California, he headed the economics department at BYU before launching The Wirthlin Group in 1969.Known for his role in the Reagan-Bush campaigns, Wirthlin's organization handles more than 5,000 projects for major corporations, advertising agencies, trade associations, politicians and government bureaus. He has been labeled as "the prince of pollsters" by the Washington Post and "the best in the business" by Reagan.

Previously honored Murray alumni include Stan Watts, Don C. Blair, Glen Tuckett, Gen. Maurice (Nick) Watts, Rev. Mark O. Benvegnu, Dr. Arthur Bishop; Dr. Virginia Cutler, Dr. H. Curt Bubel, Abraham Markosian, Arthur Erekson, Dr. J. Roscoe Miller and Marshall K. Brinton.