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Longtime instructor at Oregon Culinary Institute slain by Nancy Brophy, Portland Police allege.

MCSO PHOTO - Nancy Crampton-BrophyA chef with decades of history in the Portland cooking scene was murdered by his wife, police say.

Nancy Lee Crampton-Brophy was arrested in Washington County on Wednesday, Sept. 5 for the shooting death of her husband, Daniel Brophy, in downtown Portland several months ago.

The 68-year-old is facing charges of murder and unlawful use of a weapon, according to a news release.

The Brophys lived in the Beaverton area. Nancy Brophy is a published author of books in the "romance suspense" genre, according to her website.

Chef Brophy, 63, had worked at the Oregon Culinary Institute since it was founded in 2006. His students described him as a tough but fair teacher known for his sardonic "Brophyisms."

Police found Brophy dead inside a classroom of the facility, 1701 S.W. Jefferson Street, in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 2. Attendees at his vigil several days later said he was working late.

Nancy Brophy attended the vigil, surrounded by family members, and spoke only briefly.

"He loved teaching, he loved mushrooms and he loved family," she said. "Not only was life a science experiment, but sometimes it was an adventure."

Nancy Brophy was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and later studied economics at the University of Houston, according to her Facebook page. She also described her relationship with Daniel Brophy on her website, writing in part: "Like all marriages, we've had our ups and downs."

TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - This postcard featuring a picture of Chef Daniel Brophy was placed at a candelight vigil for Brophy at the Oregon Culinary Institute in June.

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