Martin County Library System Press Releases

March 4, 2010

Wonder Woman Tori McClure to Speak on Rowing Solo Across Atlantic at Blake Library 3/15

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Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body & Spirit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       

DATE:  MARCH 4, 2010

CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS 772/221-1403                                                                            

WHO:                    Funded by the Friends of the Blake Library in Stuart, Inc., in support of Martin County Libraries

WHAT:             Chautauqua South: Lifelong Learning

Tori McClure, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean

Author Tori McClure will speak and sign copies of her book, A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean, the true story of rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 15 in the John F. Armstorng Wing of the Blake Library, 2351 SE Monterey Road, Stuart. Copies of her Christopher Award-winning book will be available for sale following her illustrated talk. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required.

Tori McClure set out to row across the Atlantic Ocean by herself in a 23-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail in 1998, on record as the worst hurricane season in the North Atlantic. Though thwarted by a series of violent storms that nearly killed her, she ultimately reached her goal on another try after being told by former employer Muhammad Ali that she did not want to be known as the woman who “almost” rowed across the Atlantic. A recipient of numerous international honors, Tori has been the subject of stories in more than ten books and 30 major magazines. She has appeared on numerous national television shows. In addition, Tori recently was named the next president of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, and will assume office July 1, 2010.

Read more about this remarkable woman in the bio that follows.

WHEN:                 Monday, March 15, 7:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Blake Library, John F. Armstrong Wing, 2351 SE Monterey Rd., Stuart

HOW:             Free and open to the public.  No tickets or reservations required. For more information or to learn more about the Martin County Library System call 772/221-1403, pick up a Library Connection or Chautauqua South brochure at any Martin County library, or visit the library Web site,


Tori Murden McClure


As Vice President for External Relations, Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs at Spalding University, Tori reports directly to the President of the University and serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet. She oversees Admissions, Financial Aid, the Registrar, Marketing and Public Relations, Information Technology, Intercollegiate Athletics, and serves as Corporate General Counsel. Tori works in concert with the Dean of Student Development and Campus Life to supervise: Student Organizations, Residence Life, Campus Safety, the Counseling Center, Dining, and Disability Services. Tori earned her A.B. from Smith College where currently she serves on the Board of Trustees. She earned a Masters in Divinity from Harvard University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville School of Law, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Spalding University. She was admitted to the practice of law in 1995 and is a lawyer in good standing with the Kentucky Bar Association. Professionally, Tori has worked as Chaplain at Boston City Hospital, the executive director of a shelter for homeless women, as a public policy assistant for the Mayor of Louisville, and she worked for Muhammad Ali to assist with early efforts to create the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. Tori is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole, skiing 750 miles from the ice shelf to the pole. An avid mountaineer, Tori has climbed on several continents and she was the first woman to climb Lewis Nunatuck summit in Antarctica. She is a fully certified Emergency Medical Technician in both urban and wilderness areas. She is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) semester courses in Alaska and Kenya. She serves on the Board of Trustees for NOLS.

Tori is the recipient of multiple international honors. Thor Heyerdahl presented her with the Peter Byrd Trophy; Tori was the first woman to be honored with this award. In Paris she was recognized along with Lance Armstrong by L’Academies des Sport for significant sporting achievement. At the Moscow International Festival of Mountaineering and Adventure Films, the French documentary “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden,” took the prize for the “Best Foreign Adventure Film,” and Dr. Yuri Aleksandrovich Senkevich awarded Tori with a Russian chalice for extraordinary achievements. Stories about Tori have appeared in more than ten books and thirty major magazines. Tori has appeared on national television shows including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN Domestic and International, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Exhale with Candice Bergen, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, Inside Edition, The 34th Annual Victor Awards (Fox Sports Network), The Discovery Channel, “Storm Warnings,” “Beyond Limits – Tori Murden” French Television TF-1, The Travel Channel “World’s Most Dangerous Sporting Events,” and National Geographic, “Base Camp.”




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