John Morris ’34

John Morris ’34 died on February 5, 2005, in Concord, California.

Born on August 8, 1912, in Portland, OR, he prepared for college at Newton (MA) High School and became a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1934, he held a number of short-term and temporary jobs during the next five years. In 1940, he became a safety engineer with the Employers Liability Assurance Corporation in Boston and from 1941 to 1946 served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He remained in the Navy Reserves until retiring in 1961 after 20 years of service. From 1946 to 1955 he was a safety engineer supervisor with Standard Accident Insurance Company in Boston and Chicago, IL, and then spent two years as a safety supervisor and instructor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He was a safety coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1957 to 1970, when he became vice president with the Fred S. James & Company of Berkeley, CA, and was a loss control consultant to the University of California. He was a frequent speaker at national and regional professional meetings on life safety from fire, fire protection topics, and various aspects of safety in colleges and universities. He was the author of many articles in journals on these topics and was a student of the malpractice problem of teaching hospitals. He was also the editor of A Medical Legal Guide for the Health Science (1974), Managing the Library Fire Risk (1975), and The Library Disaster Preparedness Handbook (1986). For a number of years he played in the Ice Hockey Senior Olympics in Santa Rosa, CA, and played in the alumni hockey games at Bowdoin. Surviving are his wife, Jean Cotant Morris, whom he married in 1946; three sons, John L. Morris of Springfield, VA, Robin Morris of Pacifica, CA, and Charles A. Morris of Walnut Creek, CA; a daughter, June M. McClannahan of San Antonio, TX; and five grandchildren.