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Michael Morley

After a cowardly and whining struggle, Michael Morley succumbed to bleeding in his lungs on October 11, 2020, at Guthrie Hospital. He was predeceased by his wife, Vivienne, who, for over fifty years treated him better than he deserved.

Michael was a person of very limited intelligence and talents. However, he used what he had fairly well. Surprisingly, he established some significant mathematical results. More important, on several occasions, he was helpful to other people, especially students.

He was seldom malevolent or hateful.

He was invariably happy and cheerful; though this often indicated he did not really understand the situation.

We hope the Good Lord, in his Infinite Mercy, will forgive Michael for his very numerous sins and admit him to the Kingdom oof Heaven.




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Published in Ithaca Journal from Oct. 15 to Oct. 17, 2020.
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October 31, 2020
As the child of a coleague mathematician (Alfred Schatz), I spent a lot of time running around white hall in the 80"s and would always go visit uncle mike. He always made time for me and taught me about Mobius strips and other fun math things. He was a kind and generous man, a wonderful teacher, mathematition and good person, and he will live on in our memories. We will plant a tree for him this spring. Deepest condolences on your loss vivian!!!
Ani Schatz
Acquaintance
October 22, 2020
I met Michael in Palo Alto in 1962. His wife Vivienne and I were working together at Lockheed, and for the first weeks until I bought a car of my own, Michael and Vivienne would pick me up each morning to drive to work. He and Vivienne were great friends to me while I was going through a difficult time in my own life. Rest in peace, Michael!
Colleen Gruban
Friend
October 21, 2020
I wish I knew him. He sounded like my kind of person. May he rest in peace.
Sandy Fillingham
Acquaintance
October 20, 2020
One of the kindest person I have ever met. Mike, I am still enchanted by our joint journey 30 years ago with the Wizard of Oz.
Leszek Pacholski
Friend
October 20, 2020
I'm sad to hear of Mike's passing. He was such a sweet character. If you've known him a minute, you'd remember him always.
Cindy Robinson
Acquaintance
October 19, 2020
"Uncle Mike" was such a lovely man, and totally unique. The support staff in the Cornell Math Department cared about him deeply because he truly valued and cared about us. His kindness is legendary. I'm sad to hear he is gone.
Colette Walls
Coworker
October 19, 2020
Mike was such a good person who helped so many in his lifetime. He also had a wicked sense of humor, as you can tell from the obituary that he left to be published.
Kelly Patwell
Coworker
October 19, 2020
go..light is waiting you :)
sevim
Student
October 18, 2020
I knew Michael through being an undergrad and postdoc at Cornell. He was a good guy.
Bob Lubarsky
Student
October 17, 2020
Michael was my thesis advisor for a time at Cornell. He was such an unflaggingly cheerful, helpful, brilliant person. I haven't seen him in 30 years and I still feel bereft.
Ian Sutherland
Student
October 17, 2020
Rest in pi, Mike. You were loved by so many.
Michele
Friend
October 17, 2020
Mike was a true giant of mathematics. One of kindest and smartest people I ever met.
Rami Grossberg
Acquaintance
October 16, 2020
RIP Michael , you were one of the most kind , warm and generous people I have ever known. Thank you for all the wonderful memories.
Rex Dale
Friend
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