Robert Morris died in his sleep on September 20, 2003, at the age of ninety-five. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and then moved to Cleveland, OH, where he graduated from Shaw High School before enrolling in Amherst College in 1926. At Amherst, he studied English and won the Williston prize. Robert also earned several medals in track and field.
After graduating in 1930, Robert taught and coached in Massachusetts for four years and then returned to Cleveland to work for General Electric. He worked in the Lamp Marketing Department until his retirement in 1972, taking time off to serve in the navy from 1942 until 1945.
Robert was the author of several trade papers, articles, and brochures on lamps and lighting, including the entry for “Electric Lamps” in Encyclopedia Britannica in 1960. He also served as an active member of the Illuminating Engineering Society, the Readability Committee and the Elfun Society.
He enjoyed swimming, ice skating, traveling, singing, and he became an avid harmonica player in his later years. Robert was predeceased by his wife, June Kendall Morris. He is survived by his children, Chuck and Meg, eleven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
—Chris Kuipers ’01