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Robert Field Morris


1915 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Robert Field Morris Obituary
May 20, 1915 - January 9, 2016 Robert (Bob) Morris died January 9, 7 ½ months after his 100th birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Julie, and his brother, Brooks. Bob is survived by his son Mike (Andrea), daughters Beth (Carol Clericuzio), Debby Neville (Dug), Margo Bruich (Dan), and Patti Nation (Bobby), eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Bob was born and raised in Pasadena, CA, to Samuel Brooks and Annabell Millar (Johnson). He earned BAs in Economics and Accountancy and an MBA from Stanford University, in 1936 and 1938, beginning his professional career at one of the "Big Six" international accounting firms, Peat Marwick, at their San Francisco office. During World War II he became the Chief Cost Accountant at Todd Shipyards in Long Beach where he met his wife Julie. Within a couple of years they moved to Pasadena with their firstborn, Michael. Bob held financial management positions at a series of companies including General Tire & Rubber Industries, Don Baxter Pharmaceuticals, Suburban Gas, and Royal Industries, before joining Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois, in 1970. His time at Abbott included several years as the Board of Directors' Auditor for International operations as well as five years on the Industry Sector Advisory Committee on Multinational Trade Negotiations, frequently traveling to Washington DC and Geneva. After retiring to San Clemente, Bob served for five years as City Treasurer, held various positions with the Episcopal Service Alliance and served many terms on the vestry of St. Clement's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, including several years as Senior Warden. Deciding it was time for a retirement community, he and Julie were among the first wave of residents at The Covington in Aliso Viejo, where he served on the Residents' Advisory Board and for a number of years represented the residents before the Board of the parent organization, Episcopal Communities & Services. His was a long life well-lived, full of accomplishment in his professional life and family in his personal life. He put all his energy and creative intelligence into the success of whatever endeavor was before him, whether that was his job or his church, his family or community. However, there was also an element of humor and an impish twinkle in his eye to the end. He told stories and jokes that endeared him to whatever group he encountered. To the end, Bob was a family man. That family will forever be indebted for the support and comfort brought to him over his final years by his caregivers, especially Divina and Hedei. Services will be held at St. Clement's Episcopal Church in San Clemente, at 3:00 pm on Monday, January 25. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Episcopal Relief and Development, an international agency providing compassionate response to suffering around the world.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2016
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