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John H. Morris ’37

Published in Dec. 6, 1989, issue

Ardent Princetonian and chemical engineer Johnnie Morris died in his sleep of a heart attack on Mar. 19, 1989. He had just returned from a golfing vacation in Florida. He left Barbara, his wife of 53 years; sons John Jr. '61, James, and Robert; and grandchildren Evelyn and John III. Johnnie and Barbara were married his senior year, with due permission (a la Hank Saalfield).

Johnnie was on the baseball and soccer teams at Millburn High School. He also played baseball at Princeton for three years. He majored in chemical engineering, won the Henry Clay Irons Scholarship, and graduated with high honors.

After graduation, he started as a junior chemical engineer at Heyden Chemical, and in 1957, he became the chief chemical engineer and production superintendent of a plant in Memphis. He subsequently transferred to Merck and worked there until he retired. Avocationally, he played for and managed a baseball team in the Westfield-Union County League for several years—until a game knee, which he had injured at Princeton, caught up with him. He played both with and against "nemesis" Larry Kelley, of Yale.

We send our deepest condolences to Barbara and the three sons.

The Class of 1937

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