James L. Morris M.D.
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James L. Morris, MD
July 19, 1945 - April 11, 2021
La Jolla, CA
James was born in Oklahoma, attended Stanford University, and graduated with highest honors from the University of Oklahoma medical school. With further training, James pursued a career teaching psychiatry at UCSD, while maintaining a private practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis in La Jolla, California. Both professionally and personally, James was a fierce advocate for unimpeachable ethical standards and intellectual rigor. Beyond his career, James had a passion for specialty gardening.Most importantly, James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and faithful friend. James is survived by his wife Victoria, two children: Benjamin and Kendra, daughter-in-law Crystalin, and four grandchildren: Michael, Bryson, Harrison, and Berkeley. James is also survived by colleagues and stalwart close friends who both gave, and received, unwavering affection and loyalty.In recognition of, and appreciation for, James's expert long-serving medical team, a special mention to Walter Strouser, MD, and Rolf Ehlers, MD, extraordinary physicians who, over the years, provided the highest quality medical care, comfort, and support to James and by extension to our family. A casual gathering will take place at a time and date to be determined in memory of James's towering intellect, powerful tenacity, valiance, love, compassion, and great sense of humor. Meanwhile, in honor of James, take a moment to be kind to someone in need, lend a helping hand and encouragement, donate to an environmental cause, or plant a redwood sapling. Please sign the guest book online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight

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Published in La Jolla Light on Apr. 22, 2021.
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April 25, 2021
James was my teacher and then colleague at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry and then the San Diego Psychoanalytic Center in the 70's and 80's. He was bright, dedicated to his patients, and a excellent and provocative teacher. He will be missed.
Bryan Bruns, MD
April 25, 2021
Dr. Morris, thank you for your kindness, knowledge and willingness to share your gifts to our community. This is a better place because of you. First class, top shelf physician. A model for all in the medical profession.
Barbara Phillip's Munson, ret. R N
April 22, 2021
Remembering as a neighbor for several years. I brilliant mind.
Ron Reinsch
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