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Alvin L. Morris

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MORRIS Alvin L. died Thu, October 10, 2013 in Lexington, KY. He was born in Detroit, MI on July 2, 1927, the son of the late Frank Morris and Lulu Cornett Morris. After serving in the U.S. Army Infantry during WWII with service in the European Theater, he received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan. After a three year tour in the Army Dental Corps, he received his PhD degree from the University of Rochester. His initial academic appointment was at the University of Pennsylvania after which he was appointed the founding Dean of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Subsequently, he served as Assistant Vice President for the UK Medical Center and later as the Vice President for Administration of the University of Kentucky. He then became the Executive Director for Academic Health Centers for which he created a national office in Washington, DC. He then returned to the University of Pennsylvania from which he retired Professor Emeritus. Dr. Morris was a founding member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served as a consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General. After an initial period of retirement in Pawleys Island, SC, Dr. Morris returned to Danville, KY. He served with a medical mission team on the Amazon River in Peru and was deployed to New Orleans as a Red Cross volunteer following the Katrina disaster. Dr. Morris was pre-deceased by his first wife Arlene Teschler Morris of Richmond, MI. Survivors include his widow Beverly Hackman Morris; son Jeffry Morris of Lexington; son Gregg Morris of Newark, DE; daughter Beth Wofford of Lexington; step-daughter Rebecca Crawford of Lexington; and step-son William Eyster of Little Rock, AR; nine grandchildren and six great-grand-children. Al received numerous awards and enjoyed an extensive network of professional acquaintances who he also considered friends. He was as comfortable talking policy with power brokers in Washington as he was playing amateur polo with his buddies in Boonesboro. He was famous for taking the time to acknowledge and engage everyone he encountered in the course of a day. A memorial service will be held 10am Sat at Milward-Man O' War, 1509 Trent Blvd. Interment will be private. Contributions may be made to Heritage Hospice, PO Box 1213, Danville, KY 40423.

Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on Oct. 11, 2013
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