Fall 2016 Issue

Paying Tribute

Alumni Association names service awards in honor of Doug N. Morton

By Kelley Freund

The William & Mary Alumni Association has voted to name the Alumni Service Awards in memory and in honor of Douglas N. Morton ’62 who passed away in July. This is a fitting tribute to the many ways Morton gave back to William & Mary as a volunteer leader over the years. Morton served as both a trustee and emeritus trustee of the College of W&M Foundation, and on the national committees of two W&M fundraising campaigns. Morton also served on the Athletics Educational Foundation, the Fund for W&M Board of Directors and his 25th Reunion Committee. He was a WMAA board member and chair of the President’s Council for more than a decade. Morton valued faculty and students — both undergraduate and graduate — and understood the importance of their research collaboration. To that end, he created a fellowship, a professorship and several research endowments. Morton cared about the W&M campus and facilities and invested personal resources to ensure their proper stewardship.

In 1995, Morton was awarded the Alumni Medallion, and in 2014 he served as Homecoming Grand Marshal with his wife, Marilyn Brown HON ’07. The Mortons have been generous donors to W&M over the years, having given to many areas of campus.

The naming of the Alumni Service Awards was announced at the Alumni Association’s annual fall awards ceremony on Sept. 15. The 2016 recipients were: Betty Ann Lasley ’61, Barbara L. Ramsey ’75, Carolyn H. Chrisman ’78, Kirsten A. Shiroma ’05 and Ashley E. Slaff ’08.