The example set over the last decade by James J. Brophy, the retiring vice president of research at the University of Utah, is a legacy that will remain long after he turns off the lights and shuts the door of his office for the last time.

This week Brophy, who currently is on medical leave fron the University, announced he will retire next summer.Brophy headed the U.'s Research Institute and Research Foundation, in addition to his duties as vice president of research. His credentials go beyond the university. Brophy is the author of 90 technical papers and a textbook on basic electronics that is still a leader after 30 years.

But it was the announcement more than a year ago that university chemists had created cold nuclear fusion that thrust Brophy into the spotlight.

He acted as the U.'s spokesman on the issue, a position that put him and the institution under often intense international scrutiny. Brophy handled it with skill and diplomacy.

That isn't surprising for those who know and have worked with him in the 10 years that Brophy has been at the U. His colleagues describe him as a good scientist, a good administrator, a man with good human values. In short, an outstanding man who will be sorely missed.