February 18, 2000
John Murphy, assistant professor emeritus of English, died Feb. 5 in Kalamazoo. He was 65.
A faculty member since 1967, Murphy retired in 1998. A generalist in the teaching of literature, film and minority studies, he also served as an undergraduate academic advisor for the department.
Prior to coming to WMU, Murphy was a caseworker with the Bureau of Social Aid in Kalamazoo. He earned a bachelor's degree at WMU and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. He was a member of the Kalamazoo Film Society, Black Civic Theatre and the only male member of the National Organization of Women in Kalamazoo.
Funeral services were held Feb. 9. Memorials may be made to the Kalamazoo Film Society, the American Diabetes Association, the WMU Department of English or the WMU Foundation.