Jay Bernard Morrison

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Morrison, Jay Bernard
After a courageous battle with brain cancer, Jay Bernard Morrison of Orinda, CA, Passed away early on January 6, 2009. He was born to Clancy and Forest Morrison in Canton, OH, on April 18, 1947. Their deaths last year paved the way for their son to return Home. A graduate of East Canton High School, Jay earned BIE and M.Sc degrees in Operations Research from the Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D in Management Science from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. Back in the day, Jay, then known as Benny or Ben, was section leader of the Ohio State Marching Band and President of the OSU chapter of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. From drummer in the marching band to drummer in a rock band, Jay had an eclectic love of music with a fondness for classical, Motown and Willie Nelson. A founding member of Newbury Ventures in 1992, Jay began his venture capital career more than 25 years ago when he joined Berkeley International Capital. He had previous management experience at Wells Fargo Bank, which included serving as Vice President of Global Foreign Exchange Trading. He began his career with AT&T's Operation Research group which later became part of Lucent. Jay was a Senior Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and he was an active speaker for the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Forum at the University of California's Haas School of Business. A "car guy" from an early age, Jay had a passion for Porsches. With his son as navigator, Jay twice drove his rare Ruf racecar to victory at Nevada's Silver State road race. His fully restored 1960 Porsche Cabriolet was a regular show stopper at car shows in northern California. An ardent college football fan of both OSU and Cal, he was a fixture in Cal's family section and regularly attended OSU's big games, including their last national championship at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl game. Jay will long be remembered for his calm demeanor, insightful mind, fortitude and friendly nature. He exuded honesty and trust. His sense of humor stayed with him even as the ravages of his disease destroyed his body, and it will be one of the many legacies he leaves to all of those who knew him. Jay treasured time with loved ones, especially the father-daughter activities shared with a group of neighborhood families that started when the girls were in kindergarten. Loving husband to Jody Poor Morrison for more than 30 years, Jay was a proud father of his son, Geoffrey (Alice Gutman) and daughter, Kimberly. His sister, Rebecca VanVoorhis of Indianapolis, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews will remember him fondly. Jay also leaves behind a legion of friends, colleagues, and business associates. He will be profoundly missed. A celebration of Jay's life will be held in California on February 13 at the Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jay's honor may be made to Room-to-Read, 111 Sutter Street, 16th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 or The Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, PO Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ 85038. We invite you to send memories and photos to: inmemoryofjay@gmail.com. You can also view the current online albums at http://picasaweb.google.com/
Published in The Repository on Jan. 18, 2009