Stephen A. Morris, 44, controller at ATAPCO

June 22, 1994|By Fred Rasmussen | Fred Rasmussen,Sun Staff Writer

Stephen A. Morris, vice president and controller of American Trading and Production Corp., died Monday of cancer at St. Joseph Hospital. The Hunt Valley resident was 44.

He joined the Baltimore-based diversified manufacturing, oil, gas and real estate company in 1973 as a staff accountant. He had been controller since 1986.

In 1992, he was elected vice president and directed the company's oil and gas operations, and some financial planning functions.

Louis B. Thalheimer, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of ATAPCO, said, "Steve was a creative, respected and dedicated colleague and a beloved friend of everyone who worked with him. We have been blessed and enriched by our association with him, and he will be missed every day as long as any of us remains here."

Sandy Schmidt, ATAPCO senior vice president, recalled him as "a wonderful guy to work with who was extremely knowledgeable about the corporation."

Mr. Morris, a Catonsville native, was a 1968 graduate of Mount St. Joseph High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1972 from Villanova University and a master's degree in business from the University of Baltimore in 1977.

For many years, he was associated with the Cockeysville Recreation Council, coaching basketball and soccer. He was on the board of the Loyola High School Father's Club and as a member of the club's Don Doggers, he cooked and prepared food for athletic events.

"Even though he was a busy man with an impossible schedule, when I asked him if he could help out on the grill, he jumped right in," said Morris Brown, a Father's Club member. "He said he wanted to be near his kid and help out Loyola."

His son, David M. Morris, 14, a Loyola student, died in January of injuries he received in a skiing accident in Western Maryland.

Mr. Morris was a member of the Hillendale Country Club. As a member of the Rough Riders basketball team, he played weekly at Notre Dame Preparatory School and was known for his "rugged, blue-collar type of play," recalled teammate Dennis Malone. "He was a workhorse who wouldn't let his opponents get any easy baskets."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Joseph Texas Roman Catholic Church, Church Lane, Cockeysville. Interment will be in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

He is survived by his wife of 22 years, the former Deborah McKeegan, a son, S. Ryan Morris and a daughter, Jennifer A. Morris, all of Hunt Valley; a sister, Jeanne M. Kilroy of Barboursville, W.Va.; and his father, Stephen A. Morris of Catonsville.

Memorial donations may be made to the David M. Morris Memorial Fund, c/o Loyola High School at Blakefield, P.O. Box 6819, Baltimore 21285-6819.

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