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Melvin Morris

December 26, 2018

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Melvin Morris

December 26, 2018


On Wednesday, December 26, 2018, Dr. Melvin Lee Morris passed away at the age of 89.

Mel was born on March 27, 1929, in Cincinnati, Ohio to Samuel and Rose Morris. He spent a vast majority of his childhood in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He received his BS in 1951, his MS in 1955, and his PhD in 1958, all in the field of chemistry, from The Ohio State University. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University in 1958 and from The Ohio State in 1959.

Mel served his country as a proud member of the United States Army. Upon graduation from college he went on to work briefly at Texas Tech and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH before coming to Fargo, ND in 1963.

Mel had a passion for teaching that was reflected in his life’s work. Mel retired in 1995 after 32 years as a member of the North Dakota State University chemistry department faculty. In his retirement he chose to return to Ladd Hall and volunteer as a tutor until his “second retirement” in 2016. His many former students, fellow educators and friends remember him for his ability to make them laugh. He was a faithful member of his Memorial Union lunch group and a founding member of the Skulls. Mel also had a love for athletics and was a loyal fan of North Dakota State University and The Ohio State University. Mel was a fixture at many Bison athletic events and forged many relationships with Bison athletes. He followed his beloved Buckeyes faithfully on TV and cheered loudly as if he was at the event. He often traveled with the NDSU Wrestling Team and was an honorary director at the USA Wrestling Tournament each year.

Mel passed away surrounded by a few close friends and in the thoughts of many that loved him throughout the years. He will be missed by many.


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5 responses to “Melvin Morris”

  1. Jane Schuh says:

    Dr. Morris…it’s still hard to call someone by his first name when you first knew him as a chemistry professor 30 years ago…was a rare man. Witty and wise, he had a gift and a passion for teaching that defined a life of service. His NDSU family will certainly miss him. See you at that coffee cart in the sky, Mel.

  2. Matt Slocomb says:

    I met Mel working at the USA wrestling tournament in the summer. He was a kind, energetic and thoughtful man. I always enjoyed getting to see him during meal times. He always had a great attitude, a love for NDSU, a great story and a smile on his face. His concern for others and sincere desire for their success was evident. He will be missed greatly.

  3. Justin Hegstad says:

    Lunch was never more enjoyable than when Mel read you the news aloud from The Forum, complete with his editorial enhancements – and it was never the same without him. Mel’s intellect, humor, and humanity were a delight to all who knew him. The stories, the ribbing, and the love were cherished as much then as they are missed now.

  4. Glenn Martin says:

    I look back and remember all of the good times and fond memories that I had with Mel as a professor and a friend. He will be missed and remembered.

  5. Christy Oliver says:

    Dr. Morris not only tutored me through general chemistry, but made me love it as well. Five of my siblings are also very grateful to Dr. Morris’s patient explanations. We all love you, Dr. Morris. You will be greatly missed!

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