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/
Published by La Jolla Light on Apr. 22, 2021.