Shortly after the passing of James J. Murphy—or Jerry, as he preferred to be called—I was asked to submit an obituary for the website of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR), and I have drawn a few of my comments here from that obituary. A short history of his involvement with the ASHR will quickly make apparent why this special issue is so fitting a tribute to Jerry. Encouraged by the success of the inaugural meeting of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric at Zurich in 1977—an organization that he helped create—rhetoricians in the United States wished to establish an American affiliate. At one of his legendary “breakfast meetings” that was held in 1977 at the annual conference of the Speech Communication Association (SCA)—now the National Communication Association—in Washington, DC, Jerry led us in establishing our organization, and we began by sponsoring panels at other...

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