2006 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Ramon Murguia

J.C. Harmon High School, 1977Ramon Murguia

Ramon Murguia has committed his career to excellence, both professionally and through his highly committed sense of community service. Following his 1981 graduation from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in business administration and accounting, he obtained his juris doctorate degree from Harvard University in 1984.

He began his career in 1984 as an associate with a greater Kansas City law firm, offering counsel to corporate clients on a variety of legal matters including commercial loan transactions. In 1991, he founded his own practice, continuing to serve a broad range of small and mid-sized corporate clients in general commercial transactions. He also works in the area of estate administration and general civil litigation.

He comes from a family of lawyers and is proud to call Kansas City, Kansas, his home. He lives in the Argentine community in the same neighborhood where he grew up. His children attend his former elementary school, Emerson.

"I came back to KCK because I received so much support from this community growing up that I wanted to spend my life here and help others," Murguia said.

Murguia's community commitment is strong. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Francis Family Foundation and the Wyandotte Health Foundation. He is chairman of the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Development Fund, a field of interest fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation established to improve the quality of life of the Latino community. More than $1.4 million in scholarships has been awarded to more than 1,700 Hispanic students through the fund during the past 21 years.

Murguia credits a handful of teachers from the KCK School District for giving him reasons to believe in himself while he was growing up. He fondly remember his fourth grade teacher, Miss Sample, who taught him Greek mythology, and credits his high school business teacher, Mrs. Majors, for encouraging him to apply to Harvard.

"Teachers make such a difference in the lives of students," he said.