November 16, 1945 - December 20, 2013 Patrick Morrison was born on November 16, 1945 in Cork, Ireland to Edmund Morrison, a merchant ships' engineer and Mary "Mamie" Hourihan, a painter. Patrick showed early promise as a sprinter. His family left Ireland when he was eleven and moved to London where his track career continued and he won The Amateur Athletic Association's star athlete award of 1965. While training for the Olympics, he received an athletic scholarship to Stanford University. He moved to California in 1965 and fell in with Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, took up the blues harp and began painting. He studied painting with Nathan Olivera and Joe Oddo and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute. Patrick moved to Los Angeles in 1971. The 1980's were a fertile period in Patrick's career and he often traveled to Europe for exhibitions and commissions. His passion for music, cinema and literature were prominent subjects in his work. Although passionate about painting, he was a devoted husband and father and always made dinner for the family. Patrick passed on December 20, 2013. He is survived by his wife Carey Kawaye-Morrison, their two sons, Brendan and Liam, his first wife Madeline Puzo, his sister Helen and her husband Donal Tully of Waterford, Ireland.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 26, 2014