RICHARD IRVING MORRIS 1920-1989
Dick Morris died in his sleep on December 2 1 in his Roosevelt lsland home in New York City.
Earli er that week, he had led a successful meeting with Texaco Inc. on the Society’s behalf. During a celebratory luncheon afterward, I remarked how well he looked.
He said he’d never felt better in his life. So, debonaire and cheerful , he left us.
He slipped his cable thus, at the height of his powers, serving a good cause- a thing he delighted in doing.
During World War II he quit Harvard to join the US Navy as a seaman, not an officer, the summer before the US entered the war.
This dec ision was inspired by James Bryant Conant, President of Harvard.
Dick served as Conant’s chauffeur to earn his keep, and du ring their drives Conant discussed with him the worldwide threat to freedom posed by Nazi Germany. Dick’s reaction was to join the Navy.
He went on to see acti on in both the Atl anti c and Pacific.
The war over, he returned to Harvard, and upon graduating marri ed Marie Antoinette Penny, whom everyone called Toni .
They had six children and fo und time to travel and enjoy the world while Dick built up an impressive business career,
first in building a sales organi zation for a Boston manu fac turer, then in building mate ri als,
public transportation and othe r acti vities of W.R. Grace & Co., the di versified mega-corporation that had evolved from a 19th century shipping operation.
His deep social concerns found expression in working from the mid-1970s on as President of the Grace Foundation under the chairmanship of the late Allen S. Rupley.
Rup had an enviable reputation for probity and what might be called ” truth in the work.”
He sympathi zed with peopl e struggling with diffic ult problems, and was intolerant only of shoddy work. Dick shared these values.
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