Dr. Ernest "EB" Morrison
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Dr. Ernest B (Jon) Morrison, 94, passed away on Sunday, August 25, at his home, in Sioux Falls, SD.
Jon was born, one of two identical twins, to Ernest N. and Elsie Bliss Morrison in Welborn, Kansas on June 5, 1919. In 1941 he married Jeanie McArthur. He graduated from Washburn University in Kansas and was attending law school when WWII began. He enlisted and served until 1946. After returning from overseas, he completed his PhD at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. He and his wife moved to Sioux Falls, where he had accepted the position of Administrator for Crippled Children's Hospital & School, now known as Children's Care Hospital & School, while it was still being built. He served as the Administrator for 34 years, until his retirement in 1984. After Jeanie's death in 1996, he married Rosie Boekhoff in September of 1999.
Dr. Morrison was active in many local, state and national organizations, including the SD Hospital Association, SD Rehabilitation Association, SD Mental Health Association, the Governor's Commission on Mental Health, and the Advisory Council to the SD Division of Special Education. He served as President of the Civic Fine Arts Center, and was on the board of directors for several agencies, including the Community Playhouse and the Boy Scout Council. He also was active in local civic organizations such as the VFW, American Legion, Masons, Shrine, and was the Past Exalted Ruler of the Elks. Dr. Morrison was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame in 1992.
EB loved golf, hunting, fishing, and his Wednesday night card group. Even in retirement, he always found time to help others.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings. He is survived by his wife, Rosie, several nieces and nephews, and many friends in the community. His life can best be summarized by the quote on the plaque in his honor, located in the lobby at Children's Care: "Because he cared, they dared to dream."
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, or to the family to be used for funds for Children's Care.
Memorial services will be at 10:00 am, Friday, August 30, 2013 at Calvary Episcopal Cathedral, 500 South Main, Sioux Falls. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service, also at the church.
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 27, 2013