Robert B. Morris Jr.

Aug. 18, 2017

Robert B. Morris Jr.  (BS ELEC EGR ’51), Roseville, California, died Aug. 10, 2017. He was 93.

Born in Ossining, N.Y., Morris graduated from high school at 16 and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology until he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific during WWII. He became a Master Sergeant.

After the war, he was a telephone lineman and crewed on an ore boat on the Great Lakes. Returning to college he received an electrical engineering degree from Michigan State University in 1951.

During the Korean War, he and his wife Barbara (Jago) Morris were stationed at Cherry Point, N.C., with the U.S.M.C. 

He then joined IBM for a career that took him to Poughkeepsie, New York, Rochester, Minnesota, Burlington, Vermont, the World Trade Division in New York City, San Jose, California, and finally Armonk, N.Y.

His responsibilities included manufacturing, international expansion, real estate development, and environmental control.

IBM sent him to the MIT Sloan Fellowship Program, where he received a master’s degree in industrial management. Retiring from IBM in 1988 as global director of environmental programs, he returned to California and lived in Roseville. 

Read more.