Memoriam Clare M. Murphy
The Amici Thomae Mori Society, Moreana’s Editorial Board, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissnace
Studies wish to honor the memory of Clare M. Murphy, who passed away on June
22, 2013, the feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. She had been a
Thomas More scholar for the past thirty years, and a member of the RSA since
1962. She died in hospice in Phoenix, Arizona
at age 80 of ovarian cancer after a brief hospitalization.
Clare was born in Cleveland and earned her B. A. and M. A. in
English from Case Western Reserve. She took her PhD in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1964.
Clare was Professor Emerita of
English from the University of Rhode Island, Kingston,
where she worked from 1964 until 1990, after teaching at Tufts University
(1961-64). Taking early retirement, she then joined the Moreanum
Center in Angers, France,
working with Abbé Germain Marc’hadour and succeeding him as Editor of the
journal Moreana from 1992 until 2002.
She continued to live in Angers,
publishing and conferencing, until 2010.
With Henri Gibaud and Mario A. di
Cesare, she was editor of Miscellanea
Moreana: Essays for Germain Marc’hadour, 1989 (also published as Moreana 100: Mélanges Marc’hadour). She also was in the midst of editing a
collection of new essays on Margaret More Roper, Thomas More’s daughter, by
well-known scholars. This collection is in progress and will be completed in
Clare M. Murphy was a specialist of
Thomas More and early Tudor humanism, Erasmus, John Fisher, and John Colet. She
presented papers in many conferences around the world and wrote a number of
articles in such journals as The Catholic
Historical Review, Sixteenth Century Journal, Moreana, and Autrement Dire (U. of Nancy, France). She
was a long-time member and participant in the triennial conference of the
International Association of Neo-Latin Studies and published regularly in its
proceedings. An indefatigable champion of excellent scholarship in More
studies, she co-organized international conferences on Thomas More in Maynooth, Ireland
(1998), Fontevrault, France
(2001), Santa Fe, Argentina
(2004), and Amherst, Massachusetts (2007). She was planning
another international conference on More in Victoria, Canada
in the near future. She was also the founder of the International Association
for Thomas More Scholarship, an official RSA Associate Organization.
In 2010, she joined the Arizona Center
for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) in Tempe as an Adjunct Scholar and continued
organizing sessions for the RSA’s Annual Conferences and writing reviews in the
Renaissance Quarterly. She was an
active member of ACMRS, attending lectures and other functions, and she served
as a session chair for panels at its annual conference. ACMRS is pleased to
have supported her scholarly endeavors for the past three-plus years. Clare was
also a member of the Arizona
A number of scholars owe her their
first participation in international conferences, and she will be missed by her
friends among the Thomas More scholars.
Memorials may be mailed, in support
of the Margaret Roper volume (donors will be listed in the publication), to the
Clare Murphy Memorial Fund, Arizona
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), Arizona State University,
P. O. Box 874402, Tempe, AZ, 852878-4402 (donation is tax-deductible; check payable to the "ASU Foundation,” which exists to support ASU); or
the Amici Thomae Mori Society (see http://www.amici-thomae-mori.com/uk/association.asp?rub=4
for check, bank transfer, or online payment instructions).