Harrison Morton
1938 - 2020
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Morton, Harrison 10/19/1938 - 10/13/2020 Harrison Leon Morton ("Harry" or "Tim") passed away on October 13, 2020 at the age of 81. He was born on October 19, 1938, in St. Paul, Minnesota to Harvey Louis Morton and Rose Mary Horwath. His maternal family immigrated from Pamhagen, Austria around 1900. The Morton family arrived from England in 1634 aboard the ship "Anne" and worked as farmers in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Iowa before settling in St. Paul, Minnesota for six generations. There, Harrison married his wife of over 58 years, Mary Diane (Coppini) Morton, on August 25, 1962. Harry is survived by his wife, his daughter Mary Beth (Greg Copp), his sons: Michael Thomas, Matthew Timothy (Jennifer Wyrsta), Mark Jeffrey (Lori Gowan), and Neal Patrick (Jennifer Szewczyk); and eight grandchildren: Andrew, Katie, and Alex Copp; Alivia, Nora, Kelly, Avery and Riley Morton. He is also survived by his brother Thomas Michael Morton of Minnesota. His entire education, from grammar through graduate school, was completed in the state of Minnesota. He attended Tilden and Holy Childhood primary schools in the Como Lake area of St. Paul before graduating from the Saint Thomas Military Academy, finishing as Class Sargent of Arms and earning the rank of Major. He was co-captain of the national champion rifle team, winning the Hearst national small bore individual championship. He also belonged to the Crack Drill Squad and was the recipient of two eagle awards for academic achievement. Harrison completed his B.S. in Forestry and M.S., and Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota, working for the United States Forest service in Colorado, Idaho, and Ohio as an undergraduate. In graduate school he worked on numerous projects dealing with infection and decay of trees, Dutch Elm disease, and oak wilt. In the summer of 1965 he ran the Plant Disease Clinic, a free diagnostic service offered by the University of Minnesota. After completing studies at the University of Minnesota, Harry joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment in 1966. There he served as an undergraduate recruiter and advisor, a masters and doctoral student mentor, an expert witness for numerous legal cases, and a consultant for Crown-Zellerbach (now Georgia-Pacific) in Oregon and Washington. He rose to a full professor of forest pathology and urban forestry and served as departmental chairman, associate and interim dean, and Nichols Arboretum Director before retiring in 2000. Harry spent his early years fishing and hunting with his father Harvey. He enjoyed snow skiing, fly-fishing, fly-tying, and target shooting until health issues with non-hodgkins lymphoma shifted his interests to gardening, do-it-yourself projects at home, researching genealogy and reading fiction. But mostly, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and attending their performances and sporting events. Services were held at St. Patrick Catholic Parish on October 16, 2020. Memorial contributions could be sent to the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum. Please leave a message for his family at 1-877-231-7900, or sign his guestbook at www.borekjennings.com.


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Published in Ann Arbor News from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25, 2020.
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October 29, 2020
Diane & Family, we are so sorry to hear of Tim’s passing. May God comfort you all in His healing hands as you go through the coming days. We will keep you all in our thoughts & prayers.
~The DeFord Family
The DeFord Family
Friend
October 24, 2020
I will never forget Harry Morton. I took Harry's Forest Pathology course in the early eighties. At a time when I was struggling to find an academic home he welcomed me into his course and the school of natural resources. I'll never forget walking past his office with him standing in the door. Every time I'd pass by I'd say well Helllloe Haaary. He would just chuckle with a warm smile and a sparkle in his eye. I also remember his kindness on field trips. He was always interested and always had time for a friendly word. My condolences to the family. John M. Price BSF 1982
John M Price
Student
October 24, 2020
Mary Beth, I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. I have good memories of him when we played together. My condolences to you and your family. Linda Dillman Rhodes
Linda Dillman Rhodes
Neighbor
October 23, 2020
Rivers of love to my beloved sister and their remarkable children, my niece and nephews and their families, who lovingly cared for their Dad on his his final journey to meet God.
He, in turn, left them with an appreciation of the natural world, a love of country, a sense of personal responsibility and devotion to family.
We will think of him when we glimpse a lone fisherman on a blue Minnesota lake. Rest well, Tim, the shore is in sight.
Cathy and Buzz Mills
Family
October 23, 2020
May God bless you and your family... We are so sorry for your loss. Much love, the Cincinnati Copps (MB’s in-laws)
Brad, Leslie, Lilly & Sawyer
Family
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