[This is the letter Murphey sent to the dean and other
officials declaring his retirement from the faculty as of Wichita State University June 30, 2003. The second paragraph contains an unusual request, which is best understood by those who have read the first third of Murphey’s book Emergent Man and Chapter 9 of his Understanding the Modern Predicament. He did not want the seriousness of his life’s work to be masked by even the most pleasant banalities.]
October 25, 2002
Dean John Beehler
of Business Barton School
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260
Dear Dean Beehler:
I have decided to retire as of the end of June, 2003, and have thought it would be good to give you this notification in plenty of time for the College to fill the position.
If I may, I would like to make an unusual request. It is that there be no events (such as the usual luncheon or reception) to commemorate my retirement. I will have spent 36 years at very serious intellectual work here, and I don't think there is anyone at the University sufficiently acquainted with it to speak about it without trivializing it. So I would just as soon be "an old soldier who just fades away."
I am giving copies of this letter to Dr. Robert Kindrick, the VPAAR; Dr. Sue Abdinnour-Helm, my department chair; and Connie Landreth in the Office of Human Resources.
Very truly yours,
Dwight D. Murphey