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Biographical entry Morris, Sir Philip Robert (1901 - 1979)

KCMG 1960; Kt 1946; CBE 1941; Hon FRCS 1966; MA Oxford 1923; Hon LLD Rhodes 1950; Hon LLD Bristol 1951; Hon LLD McGill 1955; Hon LLD Windsor 1958; Hon ARCVS 1958; Hon LLD Nat Univ W Ontario 1960; Hon FRSA 1961; Hon LLD London 1965; Hon LLD Bath 1966.

6 July 1901
21 November 1979


Born on 6 July 1901, the second son of M C Morris, HM Inspector, Philip Robert Morris was educated at Tonbridge School, St Peter's, York, and Trinity College, Oxford, where he graduated (Modern Greats) in 1923. He took the teachers' diploma of London University in 1924 and was lecturer in history and classics at Westminster Training College, 1923-1925. He was appointed administrative officer to Kent Education Committee, becoming assistant director in 1932 and director, 1938-1943. From 1938 to 1944 he was educational advisor to HM Prisons and Director-General of Army Education from 1944 to 1946, the year in which he was knighted for his distinguished service. He served as member, vice-chairman and chairman of committees, councils and advisory bodies, including the Carnegie UK Trust, UNESCO, the British Council, the BBC, and the General Nursing Council. He was Vice-Chancellor to Bristol University, 1946-1966 and Chairman of the South-West Regional Hospital Board from 1948 to 1953.

Sir Philip was elected an Honorary Fellow on 13 January 1966 and he was admitted by the President at a ceremony held in the Great Hall at the University of Bristol. The ceremony was preceded by an organ recital by Dr Willis Grant, Professor of Music and it was attended by His Grace the Duke of Beaufort, Chancellor of the University and by the Lord Mayor and Sheriff and their ladies.

Sir Philip was closely connected with the veterinary school in Bristol and he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1958. He married in 1926, Florence Redvers Davis, second daughter of Walford Davis Green, barrister-at-law, and they had two sons, one a medical practitioner, and two daughters, one of whom predeceased him.

Sir Philip died at his home in Wales on 21 November 1979, survived by Lady Morris and their sons and daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Ann Roy Coll Surg Eng 1967, 40, 127; The Times 23 February 1980].

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