UNCW Mourns Loss of Lt. Gen. John "Jack" W. Morris II

Lt. Gen. John "Jack" W. Morris II is pictured with Alyssa Noelani Horne, a past recipient of The Geraldine King Morris Nursing Scholarship

Friday, August 23, 2013

The University of North Carolina Wilmington community is deeply saddened by the loss of Lt. Gen. John "Jack" W. Morris II, who passed away Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Max Allen, UNCW Chief of Staff, says “We’ve lost a real friend of this university and great military veteran.”

General Morris, who served on the UNCW Board of Visitors, was a loyal supporter of UNCW’s School of Nursing. In 2007, he and his children established The Geraldine King Morris Nursing Scholarship in memory of his wife and their mother.  Upon graduation, General Morris presented a silver pin with the inscription, “I am a nurse”, to the scholarship recipient. There is a display case on the first floor of McNeill Hall (home of the School of Nursing) honoring Mrs. Morris and her years of service in nursing.

General Morris graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1943 and was commissioned in the Corps of Engineers. During World War II he commanded an airfield construction company in the Western Pacific. During the peak years of the Vietnam War, he was the Army's Deputy Chief of Legislative Liaison and commanded the 18th Engineer Brigade.  He later served as Chief of Engineers, and convinced the Army to include the Corps of Engineers among its major commands.

His military awards included the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.