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Thomas E. Morris

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REAR ADMIRAL THOMAS E. MORRIS US Navy Retired, of Juno Isles, FL, passed away on September 3, 2006. Mr. Morris was born February 7, 1926 in Boston, MA. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Rosamond B. Morris. He is survived by his two sons, Mark, Bryce, foster son, Ralph, daughter-in-law, Beatrice and grandsons, Thomas and Miles. Admiral Morris was educated at Holy Cross College, Princeton and Northwestern Universities and also attended the Naval War College, Army War College and the National War College. He was a decorated veteran of WWII and Korean War and held multiple commands during his naval career including Commander Task Unit Second Fleet, Commander NATO Task Group in the Mediterranean and Commander Reserve Readiness Region One in Newport, Rhode Island. A two time recipient of the Legion of Merit, he also received the Distinguished Public Service Award from both the Navy and Coast Guard. He was a past President of the Navy League and former National Chairman of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corp. He was also founding Director of the USS Constitution Museum. In addition, he was the founding Director of the Navy War College Foundation and a trustee of the Coast Guard Academy Foundation. He also worked tirelessly for Veteran Affairs and recently received a Presidential Appointment as a member of the American Battle Monument Commission. Admiral Morris was an active business, civic and community leader with many accomplishments. He was Council President and National Council Representative of the Boy Scouts of America, Trustee on the District Board of Trustees of Palm Beach Community College and Chairman of the Palm Beach County School Board/Superintendent of the Community Advisory Board and past Chairman of the Jupiter-Tequesta-Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce. Also active in politics, he was a member of Congressman Mark Foley's Veterans Advisory Committee, Congressman Clay Shaw's US Naval Academy Interview Committee and worked on behalf of the National and local Republican Party. He also served on the National Steering Committee and State (Florida) Veterans for Bush/Cheney. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America, 8335 Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 or Naval Sea Cadets Corps c/o Col. Thomas Sullivan, Palm Beach Navy League, 1213 S. W. Eagle Glen Place, Stuart, FL 34997. Visitation will be Thursday, September 7, 2006 from 4 - 7 pm at Royal Palm Funeral Home, 5601 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, September 8, 2006 at 9:30 am at St. Ignatius Loyola Cathedral, 9999 N. Military Trail, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery, VA. To express condolences and/or make donations Visit PalmBeachPost.com/obituaries
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8, 2006
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