Document Type

In Memoriam

Publication Date

2017

Abstract

Students remember Arthur Murphy as a warm, caring teacher with a great sense of humor, a man who helped them learn and grow. Our colleagues admired and respected his scholarship and his commitment to our school. While I shared all of that, to me, most importantly, Arthur was an empathetic friend for more than half a century. And this despite the fact that he had two strikes against him – he was a Harvard graduate and a Boston Red Sox fan.

Arthur was a member of what Tom Brokaw called “The Greatest Generation.” After fighting in World War II, he enrolled in Columbia Law School, one of six veterans whose destinies would lead here, first as students and later as members of the faculty. The other five were Jack Greenberg, Marvin Frankel, Jack Kernochan, Maurice Rosenberg, and Jack Weinstein.

In the first half of the twenty-first century, they were our seemingly indestructible link to the first half of the twentieth. But that link has grown weaker, with only Jack Weinstein still with us.

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