Died peacefully at home in the company of his wife on February 6, 2013. Born on May 12, 1943 in Yakima, WA, he grew up in the Northwest. His father, P. Beryl Morris, was a Boy Scout Executive so Phil developed his love of the outdoors and sports at a young age, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended the University of Washington and UC Santa Barbara before going to UC San Francisco School of Medicine. There he met and married a fellow student, Kim Brubaker. Although both had attended high school in Great Falls, Montana, they didn't meet until then. Both graduated in 1969, took advanced training, then moved to Santa Rosa to open their practices. Phil specialized in General Surgery where he continued to study and teach surgery. He assisted John McDonald, MD in establishing Sonoma County's first EMT/paramedic programs. He was one of the first to use lasers in surgery. He trained in Houston in order to assist Santa Rosa's first Cardiac Surgeons. Phil will be fondly remembered for the twinkle in his eyes and for his laughter and jokes. He had many adventures: over 30 trips helicopter skiing in Canada; boating, camping and exploring Baja with his travel club Vagabundos del Mar; scuba diving and underwater photography; fly-fishing in the oceans of Mexico and the Caribbean, and in the streams and rivers of Montana and Alaska; mountain biking; tennis; enjoying the San Francisco Opera season wearing his famous cowboy boots; cooking; and relaxing with his "pack" of bulldogs, Irish Wolfhounds, and greyhounds. Phil is survived by his wife of 47 years, J. Kim Morris; his sister Dixie, niece Kristin, brother in law Terry; his mother in law Ada Brubaker, niece Hilary, sister in law Susan Bjerrum, and brothers in law Jim Bjerrum and Donald Brubaker. He leaves behind many loving friends who lit up his life. Our family gives special thanks to the dedicated and patient doctors, nurses and paramedics of Kaiser and the community. At his request, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to do so should send donations to the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine Scholarship Fund, UCSF Box 0248, San Francisco, CA 94143-0248.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, 2013