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August 6, 2010

Kevin Morrissey, friend and colleague

Filed under: MHS press — regana @ 3:45 am

Kevin MorrisseyWe were saddened to learn that Kevin Morrissey, MHS Press marketing manager from 1999 to 2004, died last week at age 52. Well-read, witty, and imaginative, Kevin was a key player in the Press’s significant growth spurt during those years. He knew bookselling inside out. He learned the backlist in a flash, then transformed our marketing office—overseeing a warehouse move, hiring sales reps, rolling out the Borealis imprint, and using his extensive connections to take our books into new venues. Kevin was a thoughtful reader and an imaginative publisher who always asked good questions as we shaped projects together.

He cultivated an air of curmudgeonliness, but he had a beautiful smile and a kind heart. He was great fun to talk to about all the best subjects: politics, food (his descriptions of the sherbets he invented were especially inspiring), music, and of course books (but when did he read? he was always working). He was an outfielder and sometime-pitcher on the Society’s softball team, the Rhodent Scholars.

Kevin left the Press to become managing editor at the Virginia Quarterly Review. Please follow this link to a University of Virginia article about his passing.

Ann Regan, Editor in Chief

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  1. Thank you, Ann.


    Comment by Lisa Bayer — August 6, 2010 @ 4:53 am

  2. He will be missed. Thank you for this remembrance.


    Comment by Lori Williamson — August 6, 2010 @ 8:06 am

  3. Thanks for this, Ann. I like what you said about his purported air of “curmudgeonliness.” I really disliked Kevin…until I got to know him. He taught me much about KitchenAid mixers. He was a bright, talented, multi-faceted guy.


    Comment by Katy Epler — August 6, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  4. Kevin was smart and kind and so dedicated to books. He had clear eyes which emitted a nice spark when he smiled. Will never forget my first day working with Kevin at the Hungry Mind when I asked him what an ISBN was. He smiled. . .and enlightened me.


    Comment by Mary Healy — August 7, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

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