Herb Morris

Herb Morris passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, March 27, 2017, after a long illness. He had been a resident of Washington, DC since 1957. He was born April 11, 1926, in New Haven, CT, the last child of Gertrude and Max Morris. He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years, Michele, (nee Rottiers); loving children, Valerie Gaine (David) of Owings Mills, MD and Donald of San Diego, CA; as well as his grand-daughters, Taylor and Paige Morris.

After graduating from New Haven High School, Herb served in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1944 to 1946. He earned his B.A. from Yale College (1950) and his LL.B from Yale Law School (1953). He clerked for U.S. District Judge J. Joseph Smith, was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford University Law School and devoted the rest of his career to government service as an attorney in the Departments of Justice, Civil Appellate Section, (1957 – 1963) and State, Agency for International Development, (1963 – 1996). Member of the Senior Executive Service since 1995, he retired as Deputy General Counsel of A.I.D.

He enjoyed reading, listening to classical music, playing tennis, following the Red Sox, and birding on four continents. He visited many parts of the world during his working years and in retirement.

Numerous family members and friends on both sides of the Atlantic will remember him as a true loyal and principled person, kind, caring, generous and often humorous. He was an excellent advocate, who could argue skillfully and passionately and yet always remained open-minded and fair.

His final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery and a memorial gathering will occur at that point, later this year.

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