A.B. Harvard, 1931; A.M., 1933; Ph.D., 1935; Charles Eliot Norton Fellow ASCSA, 1931-2.
Instr. & tutor class. Harvard, 1935-40; asst. prof, class., Princeton, 1940-7; prof, class. & chair dept. Oberlin Coll. 1947-75; vis. prof. U. Texas, 1957; dir. Verg. Soc. Am. summer school, Cumae, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1975; prof.-in-charge, Int. Coll. Center Rome, 1968-9; fellow AAR, 1953-4; pres. Verg. Soc. Am., 1970-1.
"Quae ratio inter fabulas satyricas et comoediam anti-quam intercedat" (Harvard, 1935).
The Mostellaria of Plautus, trans. E. L. Bassett & Leonard W. Jarcho, rev. Murphy (Cambridge, 1936); "Aristophanes and the Art of Rhetoric," HSCP 49 (1938) 69-113; Greek Literature in Translation, with W. J. Oates (New York, 1944); Greek and Roman Classics In Translation, with Kevin Guinagh & W. J. Oates (New York, 1947); "A Survey of Recent Work on Aristophanes and Old Comedy (1946-1955)," CW 49 (1955-6) 201-11; A Candid History of the Vergilian Society and the Villa Vergiliana at Cumae, Vergilius suppl. 1 (1972); "A Survey of Recent Work on Aristophanes and Old Comedy (195,7-1967)," CW 65 (1971-2) 261-73.
Colleagues and students in the United States and Italy relished Murphy's meticulously prepared, carefully organized lectures, his spirited guidance in Rome, Campania, and Sicily, and his humane, often uproarious exercise of authority at home and abroad. Murphy's mastery of Aristophanes and Old Comedy, his lively interest in phylax drama and in classical intellectual history and philosophy, were constant hallmarks of his nature and scholarship. Tireless service to classical associations, to his church, his college, and to the Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin were tokens of his dedication to high aspirations and of his earnest commitments.
A. G. McKay, Vergilius 32 (1986) 3-4.