Marie Morris, wife of the late past AOAO Executive Director, Morton Morris, DO, JD, passed away on November 23, 2020. Marie was an integral part of the AOAO, serving as the AOAO’s Assistant Executive Director, working side by side with Dr. Morris. She was well known by many in the osteopathic community and a fervent advocate of the osteopathic profession.
Originally from Sicily, Marie met Dr. Morton Morris early in his medical career and they journeyed through life with their distinctive styles. While Morty enjoyed his hot dog and onions, Marie always relished a glass of good Italian red wine. Marie was undeniably Dr. Morris’ “rock”, best friend, and constant companion. Regardless of circumstance, they were always at each other’s side down every personal and professional path they traveled.
Marie was an individual who did not like the limelight, yet she was truly a gentle giant of the Academy. Marie accompanied Morty at every Academy meeting, working long hours from the beginning through the conclusion of every session.
While she remained extremely private, Marie modestly accrued many well-deserved accomplishments over her lifetime. Within our Academy, she, along with Dr. Morris, was the co-recipient of the Dr. Donald Siehl Appreciative Award in 2001, an award regarded as the highest honor granted by the AOAO. The award is bestowed in recognition of a member who has made a major contribution and commitment to the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics during his/her professional career.
Marie was also the recipient of the AOAO Appreciative Award in 1999 and 2003, which is presented annually to a member of the profession who has made an outstanding contribution preferably related to orthopedics. She was a three-time recipient of the Knotty Cane Award in 2000, 2004, and 2007, only surpassed by Dr. Morris, who received the Knotty Cane four times. Beyond these distinctive honors, Marie’s notable recognitions include her induction as a Fellow of the Academy in 2001.
Both Marie’s devotion to osteopathy and passion for the arts and theater were reflected in her tremendous philanthropy of both genres. She was a prominent patron of theatrical and musical performances, frequently seen at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts enjoying concerts, shows, and the opera. A main lecture hall within the Health Professions Division of Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine campus is named after Marie and Dr. Morris.
Marie Morris will be fondly remembered for her warmth, sincerity, and profound compassion for her osteopathic colleagues and friends.