Joshua Marion Morse III
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Joshua Marion Morse III, died peacefully at home on the morning of September 14. He was born in Poplarville, Misssissippi to Joshua Marion Morse Jr. and Eva Triplett Morse. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Nell Hartzog Morse, a son Joshua Stanford Morse and his wife Sally, two grandchildren, Joseph and Jessica Stribling, all of St. Petersburg; Anne Morse Burris and husband Jack, and grandson's Joshua and Cullie Burris of Atlanta.; Mary Jeanne Morse Lykes, and grandchildren Mason Nell and Charles Parkhill Lykes III all of Tallahassee/Tampa.
His college education at the University of Mississippi was interrupted by his service in the Army during World War II.During which he attended OCS to receive his commission as an officer. After the war, he received his law degree at Ole Miss and was in private practice in Poplarville, Mississippi for fourteen years. During his practice he was President of the Junior Bar of Mississippi and of the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association.
In 1962 Josh joined the law school faculty at the University of Mississippi and was a Sterling Fellow at the Yale Law School in 1963.In 1964 he was appointed Dean of the law school at the University of Mississippi where he transformed the law school by obtaining large grants from the Ford Foundation and the Legal Services Corporation.
In 1969 he accepted the position as dean at the FSU College of Law where he served until 1980. As Dean he presided over the construction and move into the then-new law school building, as well as obtaining the legislative funding for the new law library building.Under his leadership, the FSU College of Law established the first summer program at Oxford University for American Law students. He taught in that program as well as other international programs. Josh remained a member of the teaching faculty at FSU until his retirement in 2003. He was a visiting professor at Texas, North Carolina and Tulane Universities.
For fifty years, Josh was active in law reform serving as a Commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, the preeminent body that drafts uniform laws to be adopted by state legislatures. He was also active in international
issues, serving as a consultant for the United States Department of Agriculture surveying eleven European institutes. He served as delegate from the United States to the World Peace Through Law Conference and as a member of the Board of Directors of Micronesian Legal Services.
In 1973, Josh received a direct commission in the Judge Advocate Generals Corp of the United States Navy and retired as a Captain in 1986.
He published numerous articles on international law, maritime law and oil and gas law. In the 1980s, he was Of Counsel to the Fowler White law firm during
the representation of clients involved in the collision and destruction of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa Bay.
Josh was a life- long Methodist and services will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on Park and Duval, Tuesday, September 18th at 11:00 AM, with a reception to follow at Florida State College of Law Rotunda.Contributions may be of your choice or to the Joshua Morse Scholarship Fund at the Florida State College of Law.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat from Sept. 15 to Sept. 16, 2012