Dr. John L. Morse
1933 - 2017
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NASHUA – Dr. John L. Morse, 83, of Nashua, passed away peacefully after a sudden illness Friday morning, April 28, 2017, at Southern NH Medical Center with his devoted wife and family at his side.

Jack (as he was known by his family and friends) was born in Newton, Mass. on Dec. 24, 1933. He was the husband of Mary (Teplitz) Morse, whom he married on Sept. 4, 1960.  They have shared over 56 years of marriage and friendship. 

Jack will always be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend by all who loved spending time with him.  His greatest pleasure was to spend time with his family and friends.  Jack also enjoyed reading, walking and playing bridge.  He was an avid pool player and loved to travel, and shared many international trips with Mary for both work and pleasure. Jack was the one who introduced his wife to camping and they spent many happy years sharing this with their family.  Seawall Campground in Acadia National Park became a refuge for him and his wife in the summer, regardless of where their travels had taken them. In his younger years, he also enjoyed tennis, water skiing and fishing. In more recent years, Jack volunteered at the Nashua Adult Learning Center in teaching English as a second language to immigrants and refugees who had moved to the United States.  He was known by all for his kindness, calmness, compassion, and deep connections with people of all ages and backgrounds.  Jack will truly be missed and remembered by many.

Jack was both a clinical and school psychologist.  His career included living and working for Perkins School f/t Blind, the Strafford Learning Center, and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. He received numerous state and national awards and accolades for his work on behalf of individuals with special needs.  Jack earned his Ed.D from Boston University in 1970.  He did his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and was proud to have started his professional education at Newton Junior College.

Jack was a veteran of the United States Army and the United State Army Reserves.

In addition to his beloved wife and best friend, Mary, he is survived by his children, Lisa Morse Nakamura, Mark Leigh Morse and Karen Morse Cerato; and his five grandchildren, Lauren, Alex, Katie, Ben and Rachel.  Jack was also grateful to Steve (Lauren's father), Brook (Alex and Ben's mother) and Mike (Katie and Rachel's father) for their support and their love.  He also is survived by his brother, William Morse of Lake City, Fla.; and 16 nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by his twin sister, Pat and his older sister, Anita.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 11:30 a.m. at the Unitarian Church in Nashua.  Friends are asked to bring a photo of Jack to share in a collage, and to wear bright colors to represent the light he brought to us all.  Donations may be made to Friends of Acadia - friendsofacadia.org/.

Please refer to the Davis Funeral Home website, davisfuneralhomenh.com, other details. 

The Davis Funeral Home, One Lock Street, Nashua has been placed in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at davisfuneralhomenh.com "ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER".

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Published in Concord Monitor on May 4, 2017.
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May 9, 2017
Jack was one of the kindest and strongest person I have been blessed to know. His presence was very powerful; all he had to do was stand nearby! At working conferences, no matter the topic, everyone would look toward Jack for his quiet yet brilliant input. Jack was also an amazing collegial friend as he helped me through several personal, life changing situations in my own life. A true professional, a friend to many--touching many lives who were blessed to know him. God speed, Jack.
Dr. Carol Mahar
May 8, 2017
I had the distinct pleasure of working with Jack for many years on the Early Childhood Assessment Team at Strafford Learning Center in Somersworth, NH. Jack was a brilliant psychologist,very respected in our state, but he was also a hoot! He had a wonderful sense of humor. When he told a joke with that elevated eyebrow that gave him a mischievous look, it was impossible not to laugh with him. Jack was the whole picture, a knowledgeable, capable professional who could also get down on the floor and coax the most reluctant child to play, so he could learn about that child to share with others. That "Mr. Rogers quality" served Jack well throughout his career with our challenged littlest learners. Whenever I think of Jack, I will smile and remember how wonderful it was to work with him regularly and have him in my life.

Please accept my sincere condolences and my prayers. Jack's passing is a great loss to all of us. I'd also like to send a big hug to Mary, Jack's life partner and equal, also a gifted psychologist who has shared so much with those, like me, who have had the opportunity to learn from you.
Jean Parsons
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