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W. Rhoads and Eleanor Murphey

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November 30, 2016
I had the great pleasure of knowing Eleanor and Rhoads for over thirty years. I joined them and their daughter Ellen on an overland trip from England to India and the Far East in 1978-9, during which time they became like second parents to me. In the early 1990s we met up again at Oxford when Rhoads had a teaching engagement there. They were kind, intelligent, fun-loving people -- the very best of a generation that is now almost gone. When we were driving through central India, we got some bad petrol and our VW Van stalled. Rhoads took a hose from the back and siphoned it out with his mouth. That was the sort of man he was, always smart, brave, and resourceful. Eleanor was the cautious one in the group, but in a letter to me from Tokyo, she wrote, "I am aware that safety isn't everything in living or I never would have gone on this trip, married Rhoads, etc." I learned so much from the Murpheys that year that I still greatly value, most importantly the importance of being accepting and generous to everyone you meet in life, which they always were.
January 04, 2013
Rhoads was my Ph.D. dissertation adviser from 1973 to 1977. Since I got my degree, I had stayed in touch with Rhoads and Eleanor and visited with them at their Strathmere home in New Jersey every summer until Rhoads stopped making his decades-long, annual commute between Ann Arbor and Strathmere. I will remember Rhoads as my best teacher, mentor and special friend who taught me by example as much as in the classroom. I used to walk the beach with Rhoads or Eleanor or both and we had the most enjoyable and memorable conversations at dusk under a sunny blue sky, soft wet sands in our feet, accompanied by the sound of waves and the beach birds. In my memory, they will always be the good, kind couple in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Wonder Book. A picture of Rhoads in his Strathmere home, which I took in 2007, sits on my desk. Rhoads saw that picture himself. But he never asked me why I put it there. He must have understood that I love him, my dear teacher. I miss him.
January 01, 2013
My condolences to the Murphey family. I had the pleasure of knowing Rhoads and Eleanor briefly through my work painting their Washtenaw home. They were wonderful. I fondly remember Eleanor explaining the origins of the beautiful Japanese woodblock prints throughout the home and her excitement at my plans to move to Portland, Maine. I ended up adopting Eleanor's cat "Mensch" and he is still living happily with my parents (although they re-named him "Murph").
December 30, 2012
Rhoads and Eleanor loom large in our lives here in Ann Arbor, both as wonderful hosts in their home on Washtenaw Avenue and at their acreage in the Irish Hills, where Rhoads' white peaches were the best. Nancy enjoyed several years of working with Rhoads at the Assoc. for Asian Studies, where his encyclopedic knowledge of Asia and his infectious sense of humor were evident. We both had a whale of a time on his sailboat in Nantucket Sound in the 70s! Eleanor charmed us always in her authentic, warm-hearted way, and we appreciated her occasional attendance at Quaker Meeting.
Our condolences to the family; we're sorry we can't join you in Philly for the memorial service.
December 30, 2012
Dr. Murphey's knowledge of geography was breathtaking and the classes he taught were captivating. Please accept my sympathies.
December 29, 2012
I will miss them both. Her smile and his stories of China

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The Murpheys and friends, Paris 1978 Rhoads Murphey at his Strathmere, NJ home

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