WKU political science professor Roger Murphy died on July 4 at the age of 56. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, friend and teacher and will be greatly missed by the WKU community.
Murphy worked in the Department of Political Science for more than two decades. He leaves behind a legacy as an integral part of the department through his role in the development of the International Affairs major, his work as an advisor to the Model United Nations, and his passion for study abroad and education. international education.
Born in Wallasey, EnglandMurphy first attended the University of Manchester in England, then pursued a doctorate at Indiana University in political science. Continuing his role in academia, Murphy became a professor of political science at WKU.
Outside of the classroom, Murphy led study abroad programs in the Czech Republic and central Europe for six weeks each summer until the pandemic. It was these study abroad programs that really gave her the opportunity to share her passion for international and cultural learning with her students.
Besides his passion for academia and travel, Murphy was known to many as a master of trivia and a huge fan of Liverpool Football Club. He was also a advocate for many issuessuch as environmental preservation, economic equity and human rights.
Scott Lasley, chair of the political science department, explained Murphy’s impact on the department and on its students, mourning the loss of such an instrumental figure at WKU.
“It’s impossible to tell the story of the Department of Political Science without talking about Roger’s role in it,” Lasley said. “Reading the comments of former students on Facebook, it becomes clear the impact he has had on so many of our students. We will miss him.”
Friends and loved ones are invited to the celebration of life ceremony being held for Murphy on Saturday, July 16 from 4-7 p.m. at the Cliffs of Moher Irish Pub.