Clinton D. Morrison Jr., Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, has died.
Dr. Morrison, who was 85 years old, died March 2, 2010, in Corvallis, Ore., where Morrison’s son, Clinton Morrison III, resides with his family. A memorial service will be held Monday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis, and upon Dr. Morrison’s request to be “buried with his colleagues,” he will also be memorialized at a later date in the Louisville Seminary Memorial Garden, which is located behind the Frank H. and Fannie W. Caldwell Chapel.
Morrison taught at McCormick Theological Seminary from 1954 to 1968 before joining the faculty of Louisville Seminary in 1968. He taught New Testament for 22 years at LPTS and served as Seminary Dean from 1969 to 1976, before his retirement in 1990. He was honored as Professor of Emeritus of New Testament upon his retirement.
Seminary Dean David Hester, who joined the faculty in 1985, remembers Morrison for his sense of humor and how he “unabashedly giggled frequently at something he read or, often enough, something he [Dr. Morrison] said.”
Morrison earned degrees at Park College (B.A.) in Missouri, where he also met his wife, Jean; McCormick Theological Seminary (B.D.); and the University of Basel (Th.D.) in Switzerland. A major achievement of Morrison’s career was the publication of a life-long work, a Concordance of the New Testament based on the Revised Standard Version (RSV), An Analytical Concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1979).
Morrison is survived by his spouse, Jean Morrison, who was very active at Harvey Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, when the couple lived in Louisville. In a telephone conversation with President Thompson, Mrs. Morrison expressed her deep regards for Louisville Seminary and the cherished friendships of several decades.
The following obituary has been shared by the family and will be published in the Corvallis Gazette-Times on Friday, March 5, 2010.
Clinton D. Morrison, Jr.
November 8, 1924 – March 2, 2010
Clinton D. Morrison, Jr., 85, of Corvallis passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at Corvallis Manor. Born in Oklahoma City to Clinton Morrison, Sr., and Margaret Emily Connor Morrison, he attended Classen High School and Park College (Missouri), where he was student body president, active in debate and singing, and listed in Who’s Who among Students in American Colleges 1944. It was at Park that he met Jean Langley. Clint and Jean were married June 3, 1947.
Clint graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1948 and was ordained to the ministry in the Presbyterian Church that year. He served a year as pastor in Altamont, Illinois, before going to Basel, Switzerland, in 1949-51 to study for a Doctor of Theology degree. Upon returning, he joined the faculty of McCormick Seminary and taught Greek and New Testament Exegesis there until 1968. In 1968, he moved to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as Dean and Professor of New Testament until his retirement in 1990. Clint and Jean moved to Corvallis in 1998.
Clint was a gracious and modest man who combined a scholarly mind, a deep faith and concern for justice with an active sense of humor, and a love of a good story. His scholarly achievements include an Analytical Concordance to the Revised Standard Version of the New Testament, compiled manually over many years and published in 1979. He was a member of many professional committees on accreditation of theological schools and examination of candidates. He was also a proficient calligrapher, and a skilled volunteer reader for Reading for the Blind and Dyslexic. His other volunteer activities included more than 100 blood donations to the Red Cross and hundreds of letters written for Amnesty International, as well as English conversation with foreign students for Crossroads International.
Clint is survived by his wife Jean, three children, Clint Morrison III of Corvallis, Greg Morrison of Denver, and Amy Morrison of Arcadia, California, as well as grandchildren Elise, Theodore, and Laura Morrison.
A memorial service will be held Monday, March 8, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Corvallis. Memorial donations can be sent to the volunteer organizations listed above, or to Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.