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Robert Morris

Sunday, February 2, 2003

Robert C. Morris, 89, died March 21, 2002, at his home in Cherokee Village.

He served as a 1st lieutenant in World War II and was decorated with two Bronze Stars. He retired from the USDA Forestry Service as a research scientist in entomology (study of insects) and was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church where he taught Sunday School. Before moving to Cherokee Village he lived with his wife and three sons in Leland, Miss., where he was a member of the St. John Episcopal Church, the Leland Lions Club and was an Eagle Scout.

He graduated from high school in Boardman, Ohio, in 1930. He studied at the New York School of Agriculture in 1934, New York College of Forestry at Syracuse University from 1934 to 36, and received his masters of science degree from the University of Florida. He was a consultant for 35 countries including China. He was named as a U.S. scientist and was honored by the Smithsonian Institute by having an insect named after him, the Prodi-plosis Morrisi.

He previously served as a cooperating U.S. scientist for a study in Pakistan of defoliators of poplars, which includes cottonwoods, and of poplar borers in Yugoslavia.

He worked for the U.S. Bureau of Plant Quarantine in Gulfport, Miss., and in the Panama Canal Zone before going to work at the USDA Southern Hardwoods Labora-tory in Stoneville in 1954, as associate entomologist. He was later promoted to entomologist, then supervisory entomologist and had served since May 1971 as project leader of Southern Hardwood Insect and Disease Research.

He also served as associate member of graduate faculty at Mississippi State University, as secretary-treasurer of the Poplar Council, and as chairman FAO-International Poplar Commission Working Party on Insect. He was a member of Entomological Society of America, the Society of American Foresters, International Society of Tropical Foresters, and the Mississippi Entomological Association.

Survivors include his wife, Bee Stuckey Morris of the home; three sons -- Brian Deric Morris of Cherokee Village, Ian David Morris of Pocahontas, and Adrian Craig Morris of Michigan City, Ind.; seven granddaughters; a grandson; and five great-grandchildren.

The funeral was March 28 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Cherokee Village. Interment followed in the St. Andrew's Columbarium.

Arrangements were under the direction of Heath Funeral Home of Hardy.

Memorials may be made to the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Building Fund, or to a fund of your choice.