Robert Willis Morey, Jr.
August 23, 1936 - January 18, 2019
Robert Willis Morey, Jr. was born on August 23, 1936, in Cleveland, OH. His parents Robert Willis and Elizabeth Brahm Morey settled in Short Hills, NJ, where he attended The Pingry School. He learned horsemanship and marksmanship in the Junior Essex Troop. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy ('54) where he began rowing. At Yale University (BS '58) he stroked the Men's Varsity Eight Oared Crew to a gold medal in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. The '56 Crew remained lifelong friends and gathered annually before the Harvard/Yale race to row together. In four years at Yale, Robert never lost to Harvard. From the '56 Crew, he is survived by William Becklean, Caldwell Esselstyn and Thomas Charlton.
Upon graduation from Yale, Robert was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy (ret '68 LTJG) He served as navigator aboard the icebreaker USS Atka. Following active duty, he completed his graduate education at Harvard Business School (MBA '62).
He began his career in finance at Brown Brothers Harriman. In New York City he met and married his wife of 50 years, Maura Burke Morey. They settled in Tiburon, CA. In 1984 Robert founded his own underwriting company, R.W. Morey, Inc., a pioneer in the catastrophic health care reinsurance market. He served on the boards of the San Francisco Opera, California Pacific Medical Center and Coventry Health Care, Inc. Robert was a lifelong Rotarian and founding member of the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset.
Robert and Maura spent summers in Hyannis Port, MA. He cherished his time on Cape Cod golfing and sailing with friends. Over the years, it was there that he gathered most with family. It was a place of lively dinners, social gatherings and quiet reflection.
A strong proponent of education, Robert served on the boards of Marin Country Day School, Santa Catalina School, Portsmouth Abbey School, Georgetown University College of Arts and Sciences, and the California State University Maritime Academy.
Robert's life was deeply rooted in faith. He was born Episcopalian and later converted to Catholicism. He was an active parishioner and served in advisory roles at St. Stephen's (Belvedere, CA), St. Hilary's (Tiburon, CA), St. Dominic's (San Francisco, CA) and St. Andrew's (Hyannis Port, MA). Robert was a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre and the Order of Malta. He served on the Regional Board of the Order of Malta and was instrumental in the development of the Order's Parish Nurse Program in San Francisco. His faith led him to become a daily communicant and devotee to a life of the Sacraments.
Robert W. Morey, Jr. is survived by his wife Maura, his sister Louise Severance (Dick) of Stowe, Vermont, and five children, Suzanne Morey of Pueblo, CO, Robert W. Morey III (Kristin) of Syracuse, NY, Jennifer Morey Sutter (Garrett) of Princeton, NJ, Alison Morey Garrett (Mark) of Mill Valley, CA and Edward Morey of Boston, MA, and 9 grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 3:00 PM January 28, 2019 at St. Dominic's Catholic Church in San Francisco.
In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Robert Morey may be made to the St. Anthony Foundation: 150 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Note/Memo: In Memory of Robert Morey). Gifts may also be made to support Genitourinary Cancer Research at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center under the direction of Dr. Richard J. Lee. Massachusetts General Hospital c/o MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 (Note/Memo: In Memory of Robert Morey).
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, 2019.