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Edward Lawrence Morris

Edward Lawrence Morris, American communications company executive. Decorated Silver Star, Bronze Star; Croix de Guerre; Legion of Honor France).; Recipient Festival of Leadership award Society Little Flower, 1966; Helen Cody Baker Welfare award Public Relations Forum Chicago, 1956, 57, 58; Leadership award Chicago Women in Broadcasting, 1975.

Background

  • Morris, Edward Lawrence was born on July 25, 1921 in Louisville. Son of Max and Ethel (Hoffstadt) Morris.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts Louisville, 1942. Student, University Chicago, 1951. Student, Northwestern University, 1952.

    Career

    • Employment consultant National Society Crippled Children, 1948-1952. Executive director Chicago Committee Alcoholism, 1952-1956. Director public relations and fund raising United Charities Chicago, 1957-1958.

      Director development Chicago Educational television Association, 1959-1965, director programming, 1965-1970. Program director Time-Life Films, 1970-1971. Director public information Public Broadcasting Service, Washington, 1971-1972.

      Vice president, general manager television station WSNS-television, Chicago, 1972-1982. President, owner Morris Communications, Ltd., from 1983. Chair tv department Columbia College, from 1984.

      President Central Educational Network, 1967-1969.

    Works

    • Author: Careers in Rehabilitation– A Place on the Team, 1951, also numerous articles.

    Membership

    Member public relations committee Chicago Commission Human Relations, since 1965. Public relations advisory committee Young Women’s Christian Association Chicago, 1966-1967. Member national public relations committee Family Service Association American, 1957-1958.

    Board directors Illinois chapter American Civil Liberties Union, 1973-1977, Urban Gateways, 1981-1982, Hubbard Dance Company, 1982-1983. Vice president board directors Chicago Opera Theatre, 1978-1985. Member executive committee Museum Broadcast Communications, 1983-1985.

    Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1942-1946, European Theatre of Operations. Member National Academy television Arts and Sciences (trustee 1964-1965, vice president 1965-1966, board governors Chicago chapter since 1962, president Chicago 1968-1970, national vice president 1966-1968), Public Relations Society of America (board directors Chicago chapter 1964-1966, Silver Anvil award 1972), Publicity Club Chicago (president 1958-1959, award best continuing public relations campaign 1961), Sigma Delta Chi. Clubs: National Press (Chicago).

    Connections

    • Married Marsha Sherman, August 2, 1985. 1 son by previous marriage, Christopher Peter.
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    Born July 25, 1921
    Died April 22, 2002
    (aged 80)
    • 1942
      University Louisville
    • 1951
      University Chicago
    • 1952
      Northwestern University
    • 1948 - 1952
      Employment consultant, National Society Crippled Children
    • 1952 - 1956
      executive, director Chicago Committee Alcoholism
    • 1957 - 1958
      director, public relations and fund raising United Charities Chicago
    • 1970 - 1971
      program director, Time-Life Films
    • 1971 - 1972
      director, public information Public Broadcasting Service
      Washington, United States
    • 1972 - 1982
      vice president, television station WSNS-television
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1972 - 1982
      general manager, television station WSNS-television
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
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