Joseph P. Murphy, MD, FACP passed away December 3, 2004 in Casper.
Joe was one of the great people and physicians in Wyoming. Joe was a Casper native, graduate of Notre Dame and Loyola Medical School. He trained at the University of Colorado and moved to Casper in 1956 where he had a very busy practice. Joe was very active in ACP, he in fact was responsible for Wyoming having its own chapter as he had the vision to break us off from the Colorado chapter and served as the first governor of our chapter. He was very proud of that fact.
Joe was a fine physician but more importantly a true humanist. In his practice he was the finest example of a true physician that I have ever known. His life was forever and deeply altered by the tragic death of two of his daughters in 1983. He started writing essays for the Casper paper in which he explored medicine, religion, and ethics.
I read each of those essays for twenty years and his superb intellect and writing skills in examining complex issues had a profound effect on my personal life as well as professional life. Joe was a great family man with his 12 children, he served his church well, was forever involved in life at his beloved Notre Dame and was a friend to all who had the honor of knowing him.
Joe was honored with our chapter Laureate award a few years ago and that meant a great deal to him. I would urge each of you who had the honor of knowing Joe to recall him fondly and let his wonderful wife Rita know that you keep them in your prayers.
Thomas H. Niethammer, MD, FACP
Governor, Wyoming Chapter