John Harry Morrison, 74, nuclear engineer

July 05, 2004

John Harry Morrison, a retired nuclear engineer who once accompanied a student cruise around the globe, died in Boston on Tuesday after a heart attack while working on his midweek summer home on Nantucket, Mass. The Arnold resident was 74.

Mr. Morrison was born in Baltimore and spent part of his childhood in New York and Colorado. He graduated from the Severn School in 1948.

Following in his father's footsteps, Mr. Morrison entered the Naval Academy, where he played varsity lacrosse and was named an All-American. He graduated in 1953 and served in the Navy for four years, attaining the rank of lieutenant. His service included assignments on the destroyer USS Waller and troop landing ship USS Rushmore.

He married Elizabeth Anne Schmidt in 1954; they celebrated their 50th anniversary last month. They lived in Towson for years, and moved to Arnold in 1981.

Mr. Morrison earned amaster's in business administration from Loyola College in 1975.

He helped install nuclear reactors in Greenland for the Army, and at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica for Martin-Marietta Corp. He later led a marketing effort for the locally based Teledyne Energy that required him to travel overseas.

After his career in engineering and business, he started a consulting firm in 1991 that specialized in helping small and minority businesses win government and commercial contracts.

In 2002, Mr. Morrison took a four-month educational world cruise through the Semester at Sea program with hundreds of University of Pittsburgh students, visiting countries including Cuba, Brazil, Cambodia, China and Japan.

As the owner of a 75-acre property on the banks of the Severn River, Mr. Morrison was active in local preservation efforts. He belonged to the Severn River Association and the Arnold Preservation Council.

He also tutored elementary pupils and was a member of the Annapolis Woodworkers Guild.

Mr. Morrison had been treasurer and a vestry member of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, on Church Circle in Annapolis, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John Emory Morrison of Arnold and William Jeffrey Morrison of Shipley's Choice; a daughter, Elizabeth M. Rosborg of Goldsboro, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

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