Royse P. Murphy, Plant Breeding, began his career at Cornell in 1946. He has served as head of the Department of Plant Breeding, Speaker of the Faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and as Faculty Trustee; in addition to his service on many college and University committees.
He resigned as Dean of the University Faculty after serving three years in order to return to teaching. The first year of his deanship he taught a graduate course in the Agricultural College but gave up the idea because he did not have time to spend with students. He said he would like to see the Dean continue to be involved in teaching and recommended a supporting staff for the Office of the Dean of Faculty.
Professor Murphy retired and was named Emeritus on July 1, 1979.