Andrew J. Morris, 88, petroleum company official

April 21, 2004

Andrew J. "Jack" Morris, president of Crown Central Petroleum Corp. in the 1970s, died of congestive heart failure April 14 at a retirement community in Lancaster, Pa. He was 88 and had lived in Baltimore's Homeland neighborhood for many years.

Born in Alabama, he was raised in Waynesburg, Pa. He earned a degree from Waynesburg College, and was later a trustee and established a scholarship fund there. He also attended the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Morris spent 42 years in the energy industry, and from 1975 to 1980 was president and chief operating officer of Baltimore-based Crown Central Petroleum. Earlier in his career, he worked for a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum and ran its Rocky Mountain division.

He joined Crown in 1956 as manager, and later was vice president of supply and transportation.

He helped acquire the company's Rancho System Pipeline, and crude-oil gathering and trunk-line systems serving Texas and New Mexico oilfields. He also guided Crown's offshore production in the Gulf of Mexico, among other ventures.

"His work was his life," said a niece, Lisa J. Schuelkens of Lancaster. "He was a private man and never took a vacation."

His wife of more than 40 years, the former Rita Mae Rottmund, died in 1994.

Services were held yesterday.

Mr. Morris is survived by nephews and nieces.

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