George N. Morris

May 23, 1930 ~ January 20, 2021 (age 90)


George N. Morris, 90, of Newtown Square, passed away on January 20, 2021, at Dunwoody Village Care Center after a long illness.

Born May 23, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, he was the son of George L. and Karolyn Morris. George grew up in lower Merion with his younger sister, Patricia (Young). He graduated from Wesleyan University and joined the United States Navy. After serving his country, he graduated from the Harvard School of Business in 1956.

In 1954, George married his lifelong love and partner in life’s adventures, Ann Smith. They spent their three-month long honeymoon exploring Europe by motor bikes. Together they raised their three children first in northern NJ and then in Media, PA.

George had a long and very successful career as an investment banker. He was a partner in two firms on Wall Street for many years and then later served as Vice Chairman of General Accident Insurance Company in Philadelphia. Once he retired, he brought his expertise in business to Russia as a member of the International Executive Service Corps. He and Ann traveled there several times, living there while George worked as an adviser on establishing a stock exchange in Russia.

For many years, George was an active member of the Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli singing in the choir and as a member of the vestry. He was also a longstanding member of the Union League of Philadelphia. A passionate outdoorsman and a true renaissance man, George enjoyed map and coin collecting, diving, hiking, biking, running, and cross country skiing. One of his other joys was planning outdoor adventures for friends and family. Starting in high school, George regularly went on long bike treks, leading him to Portland, ME, Montreal, St. Louis, Sweden and Norway.  One story that George told was of a bemused Norwegian farmer, who was surprised to find a young American biking up a lonely mountain dirt road. He joked that George was the first (or only) human to have cycled up that particular mountain in Norway.      

George adored traveling, but was generally opposed to visiting the same place twice. He and Ann were fortunate enough to have set foot on every continent, and on many islands (no matter how remote or small) in every ocean during their travels. Perhaps because of his adventurous spirit, George got himself injured all over the world; bearing a few scars (and stories) from the Amazon, South Africa, Bermuda, British Columbia and more. Never one to sit still, he embraced adventure and had the stories to tell!

George loved to learn and had an expansive knowledge of the history, language and culture of the many places he visited. He studied languages including Swedish, Russian, French, and Arabic, often enjoying teaching his children and grandchildren snippets of the languages he so loved to learn. He had a life-long interest in classical music and especially opera.

George touched many lives with his sense of humor and zest for life.  All of those who knew him were drawn to his friendly and gregarious personality. He charmed us all.

George is survived by his wife Ann, his sister Patricia, his three children (George L. Morris of Germantown, MD, Elizabeth Saunders of Cherry Hill, NJ, and Emily Salmons of Wilmington, DE) his four grandchildren (William Saunders, Katherine Saunders Crear, Reed Salmons, and George Salmons) and his great grandson, Luca Crear.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Philadelphia Orchestra.  AT THIS TIME PLEASE DO NOT SEND FLOWERS FOR THE FAMILY , BUT PLANTING A TREE IN GEORGE'S MEMORY WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.



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