JOHN FRANCIS MORRIS, JR. M.D.
JOHN FRANCIS MORRIS, JR. M.D. Dr. John Francis Morris, Jr. passed away on October 19, 2016. He was 83 years old. "Jack" as his friends called him, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to John and Elizabeth Morris. He graduated from Cornell University in 1955; and from Cornell University Medical School in 1959. While at Cornell Jack excelled at his studies, football and track. As an end on the football team, he was named to the Associated Press All-Ivy League first team and received honorable mention on the United Press and AP All-East squads in 1954. He ranked second on the team in both pass receiving and in scoring that year. In track, he ran on the mile relay units which won indoor and outdoor Heptagonal titles in both 1954 and 1955. Jack was inducted into the Cornell Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 1989. While at Cornell, Jack met the love of his life, Nancy Elizabeth Harper. They were married in 1957 and proceeded to have five children in five years. Pretty amazing since both were only children. After completing medical school, an internship and residency in Internal Medicine, and a fellowship in Cardiology at New York Hospital, NYC, Jack and Nancy moved to Honolulu with four children (and one on the way). Jack was inducted as a Captain in the Army Medical Corps and was stationed at Tripler Army Medical Hospital on Oahu for two years, and then moved to Lahaina, Maui, where he joined the Maui Medical Group. Part of their practice was focused on treating the employees and families of the Pioneer Mill. Dr. Morris practiced Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology while at the Maui Medical Group. In 1975 the family moved back to Honolulu, where Dr. Morris opened his private practice at Queens Physicians Office BuiIding I. Jack also taught medicine at the University of Hawaii, where he was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine at the John A. Burns Medical School (1991 - 1995). He was also appointed an Assistant Director of Medical Education at the University of Hawaii Internal Medical Residency Training Program (1992 - 1995). Jack never stopped wanting to learn new things. After retiring from the active practice of medicine in 1995, he went back to school and earned a "mini MBA" from the Shidler School of Business at the University of Hawaii, and joined Queens Medical Center as President and CEO of Queen's Health Systems. Upon his final retirement from Queens, Jack and Nancy were able to pursue their love of travel and spent many happy years touring the world. Jack was a voracious reader and a "not-so-good" golfer. He enjoyed the game immensely, and spent a great many years with his buddies on the links at Waialae Country Club, trying to rectify that situation. Jack was a strong Catholic and a devout family man. Ohana meant everything to him, and he was a wonderful example to his children and grandchildren of the merits of hard work, life-long learning, and living life to the fullest. He is preceded in death by his parents. He leaves behind his loving wife Nancy, daughters Brenda Morris, Karen (Peter) Ehrman, Lisa (Rick) Rogers, Susan "Pia" (Doug) Jensen, and son John, III (Judi) Morris; 12 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. (Visitation at 8:00 a.m.), at the Newman Center, on the grounds of the University Of Hawaii in Manoa. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Jack's memory to St. Francis Hospice or Catholic Charities Hawaii. Arrangements Provided By: Ultimate Cremation Services LLC
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