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Communications company executive

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.


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


Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Louisville, 1942;student, University Chicago, 1949-1951;student, Northwestern University, 1952.


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 Ednl. television Association, 1959-1965;director programming, Chicago Ednl. television Association, 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., Chicago, since 1983;chair tv department, Columbia College, since 1984. President Central Educational Network, 1967-1969.


  • Other Work

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


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).


Married Marsha Sherman, August 2, 1985. 1 son by previous marriage, Christopher Peter.

Max Morris

Ethel (Hoffstadt) Morris

Marsha Sherman