22 April 2010

RIP: Walter F Murphy (20 April 2010)

I found out last night, by H-Law, that

Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor Emeritus of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, and author of many books on the Supreme Court--as well as the bestselling novel The Vicar of Christ--passed away yesterday.  RIP.

Professor Murphy's Princeton webpage read:

Walter F. Murphy, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence Emeritus at Princeton University, is among the most distinguished constitutional scholars of the 20th century. A decade after joining the Princeton faculty, he was named the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, succeeding Woodrow Wilson, Edward S. Corwin and Alpheus T. Mason in one of the nation's most prestigious endowed chairs. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Political Science Association, Law and Courts Section, and the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award in 1980 for his novel, The Vicar of Christ. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a senior fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Study in America. He is the author of Wiretapping on Trial, Elements of Judicial Strategy, and Congress and the Court, as well as works of fiction exploring important political and religious themes, including Upon This Rock: The Life of St. Peter and The Roman Enigma. He earned a Purple Heart, Distinguished Service Cross, three Battle Stars, and a Presidential Unit Citation for his service in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Professor Murphy earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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