Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

IN MEMORIAM: Kevin Morrissey, 1957-2010

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

IN MEMORIAM: Kevin Morrissey, 1957-2010

Article excerpt

This issue is the final one produced under the guidance of our beloved managing editor, Kevin Morrissey, who died suddenly on July 30 at age 52. Kevin joined the publication in 2004, and this is the twenty-fifth issue that Kevin managed and piloted into print.

As managing editor, Kevin was in charge of the business of running the magazine. He negotiated with printers, bought and sold ads, contracted with writers, and kept the books. He was also a terrific line and developmental editor. He interviewed prospective employees, mentored our interns, supervised the staff, and nominated VQR for the awards that we've occasionally won. A perfectionist, Kevin sought inefficiencies, and when he found them, he figured out how to eliminate them.

Kevin's most important duty was shepherding each issue from an initial concept until it landed in mailboxes a year or so later. As soon as we'd get one issue off to the printer, it was time to start over again with the next one. It was Kevin who set that schedule and kept us all on it. And when the rest of us got carried away with an exciting new idea, it was Kevin s self-assigned job to ask, "Yeah, but how are we going to do that?"

In these ways and many others, Kevin looked after the countless details that make VQR what it is. He brought out the best in us for the better of the magazine and, more important, for ourselves. He was kind, decent, and generous. He never treated anyone in the office as anything other than his equal - especially the interns, whom he thought of as integral members of the staff from the day they arrived. …

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