Morrison, Clinton 97, a retired vice chairman of the First National Bank of Minneapolis (now U.S. Bank), died at home on September 6. He was for many years a director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and was the first chairman of the Chamber Board to come from the Minneapolis area. In connection with his Chamber of Commerce duties, he attended meetings in Sweden, Canada, the Middle East and Japan. The King of Sweden on occasion of a visit to Minneapolis awarded Clinton Morrison the Swedish Order of the North Star in the rank of Knight Commander. Clinton Morrison is a great-grandson of Dorilus Morrison, the first mayor of Minneapolis. He graduated from Yale University and earned a Master's Degree at the Harvard Business School. He was involved in many civic activities. He was a life trustee of The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and was a past chairman of the board of both institutions. He also served on the board of The Minneapolis Foundation and of Lakewood Cemetery Association and was active in both the Red Cross and United Way. In addition to his bank responsibilities he served as a director of The Durkee-Atwood Company, Munsingwear Inc., Minnesota Title Financial Corporation, and Great Northern Insurance Company. He also served on the executive committee of the Trust Division of the American Bankers Association. During the regime of Mayor Erik Hoyer, he served as chairman of The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Streetcar and Bus Transportation. During World War II he was drafted, then following graduation from OCS, served in the Research and Development Branch of the Office of the Quartermaster General of the Army developing specialized equipment for troops in winter, desert and tropical conditions, retiring after the war with the rank of Major. He worked actively for the election of President Eisenhower, riding the candidate's private train on one occasion. During Eisenhower's first term he served as Deputy Regional Director of the Foreign Operations Administration with responsibilities for foreign aid missions in Asia - Korea, China, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Burma - and traveled widely in Asia in connection with these duties. During the Nixon administration he was appointed to the International Private Investment Advisory Council to A.I.D. He also served on the National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise. He served a term as president of the Minneapolis Club - the fourth generation of his family to so do, succeeding his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He also belonged to Woodhill Country Club in Wayzata, the Metropolitan Club in Washington, D.C., the University Club of Chicago and The Yale Club in New York City. He was married for 36 years to Mary Knoblauch Morrison, who died in 2011. They particularly enjoyed the out-of-doors, their cabin in northern Minnesota, their home and boat at Cedar Point, Lake Minnetonka, duck hunting in the fall, and golf at Boca Grande, Florida, their winter home since retirement. He was also preceded in death by his brother, John W. Morrison and sister, Anne Snyder. He is survived by his brother, Angus T. Morrison; four stepchildren and their families, and nine nieces and nephews. Memorials are suggested to The Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 11 at 3:00 PM at St. Martin's by-the-Lake Church in Minnetonka Beach, MN. A reception following the service will be held at Mr. Morrison's home. David Lee Funeral Home Wayzata 952-473-5577 www.davidleefuneralhome.com
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Published in Star Tribune on Sept. 9, 2012