The Burke Mountain Academy community was profoundly shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Murphy Roberts. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, his many friends, and the Middlebury Ski Team. Although Murphy only attended BMA for his senior year of high school, he left an indelible mark on his fellow students, his teachers, and the coaching staff. Tory Amorello recalls the tenacity and self-confidence that Murphy demonstrated in the admissions process, qualities that secured him a seat during a particularly competitive admissions year. Students who were present during the 2011-2012 school year undoubtedly recollect his zany sense of humor and that he wore his love of his home state of Colorado on his sleeve, often literally in the form of a Denver Broncos jersey. History teacher David Chamberlain remembers fondly Murphy’s passion for politics, his love of a heated discussion, and his precocious sense of empathy for the lives of all people around the globe. The world lost a kind and immensely talented young man. We mourn his passing but find comfort in his legacy of engaged citizenship and inspiration in the joie de vivre that he radiated in his too brief time among us.
An event to celebrate Murphy Roberts’ life was held on Aug. 25 at Olympian Hall, Steamboat Springs, CO. A large contingent of Burkies were there to remember him and share fond memories of him. The family has asked those wanting to express their condolences to consider donating to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund at jdrf.org.
Click here for Ski Racing’s wonderful remembrance of Murphy.