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O. Morris Sievert, a well-known San Diego community leader and philanthropist, died March 19 in La Jolla, California. Raised in Missouri, he earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering Degree in 1944 at the Missouri University of Science & Technology. In 1959, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program for Senior Executives. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946 aboard a ship in the Pacific as a Lieutenant JG, was involved in the liberation of the Philippines and continued his service in the Navy Reserves after the war. He was a staunch and generous advocate for veterans throughout his life. Throughout his distinguished career as an engineer, corporate executive and pioneering leader in gas turbine engine design and manufacturing, Morris contributed to the development of technological advancements in the aerospace and oil and gas industries. He played a significant role in the economic development of San Diego. When Morris came to the Solar Aircraft Company in 1957, its management had already concluded the company's best future business opportunity was to produce industrial gas turbine engines for the oil industry, and gave him that goal. For the next 25 years, Morris led Solar Aircraft Company's strategic growth from an aerospace subcontractor to one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial gas turbine engines, serving as President of Solar Aircraft and Vice President of International Harvester. In 1974 Solar changed its name to Solar Turbines International and Morris became its President. Today the company is a subsidiary of Caterpillar with revenues of more than 3 billion dollars annually. After retiring from Solar in 1986, Morris continued his executive career, first with Nucorp Energy as Vice Chairman, Oilfield Manufacturing, Service & Supply and then with Deposition Technology, where he served as chairman of the board, CEO and president. Committed to the San Diego community, Morris twice served as president of the United Way of San Diego County. He was a member of many boards including Scripps Memorial Hospital, San Diego Gas and Electric Co., the San Diego Chamber of Commerce, California Chamber of Commerce, California Manufacturers Association and Economic Development Corporation. He also served as a trustee of the University of San Diego and National University and was a member of Q.E.D. He was particularly proud of the role he played in the development of the San Diego Holiday Bowl. He was named President of the 1991 Bowl Game. In his leisure activities he loved golfing at the La Jolla Country Club and was an ardent fresh water and ocean fisherman. He is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years La Wanda Hughes and survived by his wife Eloise "Dudie" Ogden Sievert, four daughters: Karen Baker, Tomball, Texas; Kathy Guccione, Encino, California; Kristie Sievert, Portland, Oregon; and Kimberly Wheeler, San Diego, California; and eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. A memorial celebration for Morris will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the La Jolla Country Club. In lieu flowers, please send donations to Scripps Memorial Hospital Hospi Read Obituary
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It is amazing the number of decisions that one can make in their 94 years of life. The paths that you can choose. The joys and the heartbreaks. Near the end of the final trail, to be revered in a gathering that totaled five generations of family has to be the pinnacle of satisfaction. On October 17, 1919, Red began his journey in Simons, Kentucky, the son of Lewis and Winnie Southard. He had seven brothers and sisters: Herbert Southard, Elbert Southard, Tyne Chapman, Freeda Maddox, June Cassey, Jean Evans, and Elwanda Nelson. Although his grandfather and father were both coal miners, Conward chose a different path. He joined the U.S. Navy, and proudly served for 29.5 years. During his career, Conward rose to the rank of CWO-4, Permanent. Frequently he spoke about how he was extremely honored to have served in the Navy. He was honored to also be listed as a "Plank Owner" of the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. He continued to donate to this memorial and other non-profits, for the rest of his life. His personal entry into WWII was on December 8, 1941, when the USS Salt Lake City steamed into a decimated Pearl Harbor. He revealed over time, only bits and pieces of that which he experienced during the early days of war. The edited version was intense. He carried these memories and kept them to himself. He was proud to have been part of the landing party when General MacArthur returned to the Philippine Islands. In 1950, while on shore duty on Guam, he served as part of the support for the Korean War. He concluded his Naval Career while stationed on the USS Oriskany (a carrier) in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. Along this journey, he shared his life with Myrtle. They had been married for 50 years when she passed away. Together they raised two children; Gloria (Joe) McElyea, and Gerald (Leah) Southard. The next generation of extended family included Dina Taylor, Tawny (Tom) Harris, Myriah and Zachary Southard. Yet another generation was spawned with the births of George, Kaelyn and Cambria Harris, Maven and Eden Taylor. Jennifer (John) Hinderliter, USN-YNSC and Thomas (Ana) Harris also joined the family in this generation. During Conward's lifetime yet another generation was added with the arrival of Jennifer's children, Jasmyn and Jules Hinderliter; Thomas's children, Thomas, Andrew and Matthew Harris. Always in his workshop, Red mended untold numbers of neighborhood trike's, bikes and kites. If it was broken, he could fix it. He never turned away a child or adult in need. He befriended countless numbers. One nephew described him as a "wonderfully unique person". His jokes and the sound of his laughter will live on with each of those he encountered. At the end of a long and fulfilled journey however, it is not specifically what one does or does not do, it is how those around you "feel" in recollection. Red's journey ended on February 11, 2014. The wonderful memories of his presence live on. Services are private. Read Obituary
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