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Morris Duane, American lawyer. Awarded Commendation Ribbon, 1945.


Duane, Morris was born on March 20, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Russell and Mary Burnside Morris.


Student, Episcopal Academy, Philadelphia, 1915. Student, St. George's School, Newport, Rhode Island, 1919. AB, Harvard University, 1923.

Postgraduate, University Pennsylvania Law School, 1925. Bachelor of Laws, Stetson University, 1927. Doctor of Laws, Stetson University, 1965.

Doctor of Laws, Bucknell University, 1967. Doctor of Laws, LaSalle College, 1970. Doctor of Laws, Drexel University, 1976.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Women's Medical College Pennsylvania, 1967. Doctor of Letters, Beaver College, 1969.


Former partner, chairman law firm of Duane, Morris & Hechscher, Philadelphia. Former Pennsylvania legal counsel Delaware River Port Authority. Former director Girard Trust Bank, Pennsylvania Mutual Life Insurance Company, Philadelphia Saving Fund Society, The Philadelphia Contributionship.

And other corporations, Educational Facilities Laboratories, Inc.


  • Other Work

    • Author: New Deal in Court, 1934. Contributor articles to legal and other periodicals.


Vice chairman Cardinal's Committee to Study Philadelphia Catholic Schools, 1972. Member Committee on Tri State Regional Development, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware. Board directors, past co-chairman Greater Philadelphia Movement.

Chairman Philadelphia Advisory Council, 1974-1977. Board directors University City Science Center, United Fund, 1955-1969, Philadelphia Orchestra Corporation, 1976 Bicentennial Corporation, 1967-1971, Philadelphia Urban Coalition. Former president, trustee Presser Foundation.

President board trustees Episcopal Academy, 1948-1951. Board directors Hospital Survey Committee, Philadelphia, 1960-1972, chairman, 1960-1964, 72. Chairman Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, from 1955.

Member Harvard Fund Council, 1949-1955. Served from lieutenant to Commander United States Naval Reserve, 1943-1945. Head materials and resources group, bureau aerospace United States Navy, 1944-1945.

Representative naval aviation on War Production Board requirements committee, Army and Navy munitions board executive committee 1944-1945. Member Naval Air Reserve Advisory Council (chairman) 1947. Member American Philosophical Society, American Lawn Tennis Association (chairman inter-collegiate committee 1928-1933), American, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia bar associations, Juristic Society, Committee of Seventy (1938-1946), Salvation Army (past member executive board, Philadelphia), Delta Psi.

Clubs: Gulph Mills Golf, Legal, Harvard (Philadelphia). Fly (Cambridge); Sharswood Law (University Pennsylvania).


Married Maud S. Harrison, June 11, 1927. Children: Margaretta Sergeant, Russell.

Russell Morris

Mary Burnside Morris

Maud S. Harrison

Margaretta Sergeant Duane

Russell Duane