Morris Jacobson

Morris George Jacobson

1921 - 2014

Chapel Hill

Morris George Jacobson passed away peacefully on June 13th at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Vivienne Jacobson, daughters Barbara Stuart (husband Richard), Janice Ryan (husband Michael), and grandchildren, Alison and Ken Ryan. Two brothers, Lewis and David, also survive him.

Morrie was the third of six children raised on a small farm in Somers, Connecticut. He was a tool and die maker at the Springfield Armory when WWII broke out, and he worked on armaments while serving in the Army. After the war, he was sent to Germany to finish his military service.

He graduated from University of Michigan where he received an honors degree in Industrial Engineering. He and Vivienne married after graduation, and settled in Gary, Indiana. Morrie spent his career as an Industrial Engineer at Inland Steel Company, retiring at age 61 as an Assistant Superintendent. Soon after retirement, he and Vivienne moved to Chapel Hill where they spent time with their grandchildren, traveled frequently in the US, Canada, and Europe, and made wonderful lasting friendships in their community.

Family loyalty was Morrie's highest priority, and he was a reliable source of practical help and advice to everyone in the family. He also had a tremendous appreciation for the small pleasures in life. He loved a fresh ear of corn and a perfectly cooked steak, growing flowers in his beautiful garden, hiking in the mountains, soaking up the sun. His smile lit up the room.

His family deeply appreciates the loving care given to Morrie in the Carolina Meadows Health Center, and the support of the community during difficult days. A celebration of Morrie's life will be held at Carolina Meadows at 5 p.m. on June 28.

Published in The News & Observer on June 22, 2014