Nov. 27, 2006
David Morris, retired admissions systems specialist in Western Michigan University's Office of Admissions, died unexpectedly Nov. 13, in Kalamazoo. He was 68.
Morris joined WMU's staff in 1965 and retired from the University in 2005 more than 39 years of service, all with the admissions office. He initially did statistical research and admissions counseling, then was named admissions coordinator in 1968.
Prior to his appointment as a full-time staff member, Morris had worked in the admissions office for about a year as coordinator of campus visits. A two-time alumnus, he earned his bachelor's degree from WMU in 1961 and his master's degree in 1962.
Morris is fondly remembered as a friendly, compassionate and caring person who loved to make people laugh. He was known for large and small kindness, including frequently feeding on-campus parking meters that were almost expired.
Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, he carried this burden with grace and dignity, choosing to focus on what was good in his life, according to colleagues. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
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