A reader responds belatedly to the death of Dow Jones Newswires columnist Jim Murphy, who died in his Jersey City, N.J. home in February at the age of 66.
I am so sorry to hear, as late as I have, of Jim Murphy’s passing.
I have been out of the trading business for some five years now, but somewhere towards the second half of my decade-long stint within, I found myself having earned the much-coveted “E-Mail Buddy” tag from Mr. Murphy.
Today, in replying to an email from a work colleague, I found my thoughts for a particular sentence beginning to take shape, moving vaguely towards a phrase I had read only on special occasion, but always with relish–and then it hit me. Not only could I recall the phrase, but it fit my e-communique perfectly: “SKIP ‘EM. NEXT!”
One of Mr. Murphy’s Jesuit instructor’s customary statement of irritation after a student–quite often, Jim Murphy–had bollixed yet another Latin translation, yet again.
And I thought, what better reason to check in with Jim Murphy after five years and see how today’s version of Wall Street is holding up against his tireless quest for reason, logic, and coherence?
And I learned of the terrible news.
Please pass along my condolences to the irrepressible Ruthie, whom Jim never failed to credit for all that she did to delight him, and to Max, of whom he was so proud, and to the granddaughters, about whom I regrettably never got to hear anything about. I make no overstatement that both my personal and professional life were better for my having gotten to know a man whom I never actually met.