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Robert Edwin Morris

August 1, 1925 ~ December 29, 2018 (age 93)

Robert E. Morris died December 29, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Dona; daughter, Meredith of Lincoln City; son, Matthew and wife, Kathy of Roanoke, Va.; and sister, Margaret Morris Enck and husband, Paul of Robbinsdale, Minn.

He was born in Minneapolis in 1925 and graduated from North High School in 1943. He immediately went into the armed services and served as a combat infantry machine gunner in France. He was awarded the Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars.

After graduation from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., Morris began his career with the VA in Madison, Wis., where he met and married Dona Gilbo Morris in 1969.

They moved to Portland shortly thereafter.

Morris worked as Personnel Director at the Portland Veterans Administration Hospital. He served as Associate Medical Center Director in Walla Walla, Wash., Columbia, Mo., San Francisco and Palo Alto, Calif., and Medical Center Director in Oklahoma City and Hampton, Va., where he retired in 1986.

In his professional life he was a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, Associate Dean for Administration at Eastern Virginia Medical School, President of the Tidewater Federal Executives Association, Preceptor for the University of Pittsburgh School of Hospital Administration, Representative on the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Chairman of the Oklahoma Health District Planning Committee. As Director of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City he was awarded an Honorary Professorship in the Department of Medicine in recognition of "friendship, co-operation and outstanding support of the Department of Medicine."

On moving to Salishan on the Oregon coast in 1989, Morris was active in civic matters, serving as a Director of the North Lincoln Health District and on the North Lincoln Hospital Foundation Board. He was a past president of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology as well as past president of the Rotary Club of Lincoln City where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.

Since 2010 Morris and his wife have lived at the Mirabella in Portland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mirabella Employee Scholarship Fund, 3550 S.W. Bond Ave. Portland, OR 97239.

Donations may be made to:

Mirabella Employee Scholarship Fund
3550 S.W. Bond Avenue, Portland OR 97239

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