The Amici Thomae Mori Society, Moreana’s Editorial Board and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS) wish to honor the memory of Clare M. Murphy, who passed away on June 22, 2013, in Tempe, AZ, on the feast of St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher. She had been a Thomas More scholar for the past thirty years. 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’s honor.
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 (Université de Nancy, France). She was a long-time member and participant in the triennial conference of the International Association of Neo-Latin Studies and published 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 State University Newman Center community.
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 send money to the Amici Thomae Mori Society via PayPal to email@example.com account.