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George W. Morse

South Portland, Maine

May 5, 1943 – Mar 28, 2021 (Age 77)


May 5, 1943
March 28, 2021
South Portland, Maine


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George W. Morse


George W. Morse ,77, of Cape Elizabeth, ME died March 28, 2021.  Born in Rumford, ME on May 5, 1943, the son of Frank and Elaine Morse. George married Elizabeth on June 5, 1965. George graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of Maine, a Master’s Degree from Purdue University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in Applied Economics.  George was a professor at The Ohio State University from 1977-1989 residing in Athens, Ohio and then Worthington, Ohio. In 1989, George moved to Minnesota and was a professor at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 2007. George and Elizabeth retired to Maine on the coast which had always been their dream. In retirement, George never slowed down. He was an active member of his community. He was president of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation in Cape Elizabeth which he was very passionate about.

George loved his profession and continued to mentor and encourage everyone he had worked with over his long and enjoyable career. Even though he had retired, he really loved hearing from all of his former colleagues over the years and followed their successes with great enjoyment.

George was an avid gardener and took great joy in planning and creating his garden each year. He loved anything outdoors. He loved spending time at their cabin and was an amazing family man.

George and Liz loved to travel and spent their retirement traveling all over the world. Some of his favorite places he traveled to were Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Norway, Sweden and many, many more.  He loved to visit his friends and family especially his children and grandchildren who are scattered across the country. George was a favorite uncle to all of his many nieces and nephews and loved visiting with them.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth; two sons, Ryan Morse, Bradford Morse (Julie), and his daughter, Pamela Gutmore (Josh); three grandchildren, Cade Gutmore, Nate Morse, and Lily Morse; two brothers, Ken Morse (Nikki Millonzi), Peter Morse (Jane); sister, Dianne Morse Leonard (Del); brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Les and Charlotte Bosworth, Sister-in-law, Margaret Miller, many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; Frank and Elaine Morse and his brother, Frank (Chipper) Morse.

If you wish to donate in the memory of George, please consider: (Thomas Memorial Library Foundation in Cape Elizabeth, ME) (New England Cancer Specialists) (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)


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I was a student of George's at Minnesota in the early 1990s, was thinking about some of the things he had taught me, looked him up and was saddened to read of his passing. He was such a nice, generous, intelligent man, so eager to teach and appreciative when a student responded to him. I will always remember him fondly and know that many other students who passed through his classes do the same. My sincere condolences on his passing - he was a wonderful man.

George was one of the most influential people in my professional life and a great friend. It is obvious that all who knew and worked with him had great respect for his ability to mentor. I was lucky enough to be a recipient. It was an honor to have worked with him.

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the whole Morse Clan

George Morse was my academic advisor for Ph.D. dissertation at University of Minnesota. I was his first PhD student at U of M. He equipped me with knowledge and research skills. He taught me everything I needed to know as a scholar. He was a good teach, mentor, and friend. I miss him already.

George was my major advisor at the University of Minnesota. Eventually, I found my way to working for U of Mn Extension. George was a true champion of our work in Community Vitality. He was instrumental in shaping CV's work in Minnesota. He never forgot us either - always sending encouraging notes to push our work to the next level. Several of my favorite projects were due to a nudge from George. We also shared a love of libraries and that was a favorite topic of ours in recent years. I will...

Liz, Our hearts go out to you. We really enjoyed visiting with George when the bike group did Glendale CA so many years ago. God bless you special. Lenny & Georganne Volland

George was a natural teacher - always helping everyone with whom he interacted to learn. He helped me understand the meaning, value, and noble purpose of Extension, especially the role it could, should, and does play in community development. He was a true leader and visionary. Working through the redesign of Extension in Minnesota was one of the more challenging professional experiences of my life. Yet, George kept us focused on how to stay true to Extension's purpose while considering...

George Morse was the first state Extension specialist I met when I became National Program leader for economic development at USDA in 1985. My first assignment was to attend a Business Retention & Expansion training workshop George was leading in Columbus, OH. He could not have been a better instant colleague. I learned so much from him about Extension and BRE. In 1990 he played a big part in recruiting me to the University of Minnesota. We were Extension and Applied Economics colleagues...

Holding George in my heart. He lived a rich, full and meaningful life. I will miss his observations that broadened my perspectives.