Princeton constitutional scholar Murphy dies at 80

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) - Longtime Princeton University professor and constitutional scholar Walter F. Murphy has died. He was 80.

The university said Thursday that Murphy died April 20 in Charleston, S.C., of cancer.

Murphy taught at Princeton for 37 years. He joined the faculty as an assistant professor of politics in 1958, ultimately serving as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence - a chair first held by former President Woodrow Wilson.

In his scholarship, Murphy initially focused on political theory and later on judicial decision-making.

He was senior thesis adviser for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.

Murphy was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War, receiving the Distinguished Service Cross.

He is survived by his second wife, Doris Maher Murphy, and two daughters.

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