Alexander L. Morton

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Alexander L. "Sandy" Morton, 70, of Washington, DC, and Orleans, MA, passed away Oct. 12 of a brain tumor. Born in NYC, he was a National Merit Scholar from Glen Rock, NJ, and graduated from Amherst College in 1965. Following a Peace Corps posting in Ethiopia with the Imperial Highway Authority, he earned his M.A. and PH.D. in economics from Harvard University, with a specialty in transportation economics. Highlights of Mr. Morton's career included holding the position of Executive Director of the White House Task Force on Railroad Productivity; Ass't Professor at Harvard Business School; special assistant for program and policy development to the chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Board; Ass,t Vice President, Economics and Finance Dept. of the Association of American Railroads; and first Director of the Office of Planning and Analysis, Interstate Commerce Commission. Mr. Morton's work with these government transportation departments significantly contributed to the deregulation of the airline and trucking industries. Mr. Morton retired in 1985, at age 42, to lead the "joyous but chaotic" life of an adventure traveler, visiting over 80% of the world's countries, using every means of transportation in existence, taking on the world's challenges, and even some dangers, with enthusiasm, meeting the world's residents with great excitement, interest and respect, genuine humility, and eagerness to learn and share in their customs and languages. Summers he would spend in Orleans on Cape Cod, where he had vacationed since childhood. Mr. Morton finally succumbed to his greatest challenge, for which he had no physical resources to draw upon, with exceptional grace and resolve. He is survived by his family who will miss him dearly, a sister, Janice Berger of Orleans, brother Chris of Boston, two nieces, Jennifer Coppola of Trieste, Italy, and Anne Savery of Seattle, WA., and three grand nieces, and many very close friends in Washington. DC, and around the world. Donations in his memory, in lieu of flowers, may be made to The Washington Home and Community Hospices, Charitable Gift Dept., PO Box 759240, Baltimore, MD, 21275 or the Orleans Pond Coalition, PO Box 2485, Orleans, MA 02653, or a .

Published in The Cape Codder from Oct. 23 to Oct. 30, 2013
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