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Fr. Michael Thomas Morris O.P.


1949 - 2016
Fr. Michael Thomas Morris O.P. Obituary
Fr. Michael Thomas Morris, O.P.

(66) of Berkeley, California, passed away July 15, 2016. He was born October 19, 1949 in Santa Monica, California to Charles and Betty (Kuykendall) Morris. Father Michael received his BFA from the University of Southern California in 1971 and entered the Order of Friars Preachers for the Western Dominican Province that same year. He was ordained a priest April 23, 1977. Father Michael was awarded his MA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1981. He studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, in 1982 and he earned his PhD in Art History from UCB in 1986. In 1991 his highly acclaimed biography "Madam Valentino: The Many Lives of Natacha Rambova" was published by Abbeville Press. Since 1998 his widely-read articles on religious art and iconography have been published by Magnificat. He taught at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, and served as Director of the Santa Fe Institute, Berkeley, until his death. Father Morris is survived by his sister Patricia (Paul) Chamberlain; and by his brother Timothy (Victoria Chavez) Morris and his nieces and nephew: Kathryn Chamberlain; and Andrew, Claire, and Emily Morris. Funeral services for Father Michael will be as follows: Viewing (Thursday, July 21, 6:30 pm), Vigil Service (7:30 pm), and Funeral Mass (Friday, July 22, 10 am), all at St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland, CA. Burial immediately follows the Funeral Mass at the Dominican Cemetery, Benicia, CA, with reception at St. Dominic's Church, Benicia, CA. Donations to support and develop Father Morris's projects may be made to the "Father Michael Morris Memorial Fund" at Western Dominican Province, 5877 Birch Court, Oakland, CA 94618 Or you may visit operation.org/frmichaelmemorial to donate securely online.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from July 20 to July 21, 2016
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