Roger W. Morrison, M.D.

roger morrison, m.d.
Roger W. Morrison, MD, age 95, passed away on June 23, 2013 at the Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Community in Asheville, NC, where he had resided for the past several years. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Arline Morrison of Asheville; five children, Charles B. Morrison of La Crescenta, CA, Tracy Morrison Witherill of Monterey, CA, Pamela Morrison Pierce of Midlothian, VA, Roger M. Morrison of Richmond, VA, and Lewis T. Morrison of Warrenton, VA; a brother, Dr. Samuel S. Morrison of Danville, PA; and three grandchildren, James M. Pierce, Lauren K. Morrison, and Luke P. Morrison, all of Virginia. He was preceded in death by his father, Tracy McKee Morrison, and mother, Pearl Ann Gross Morrison. He had a distinguished academic career and was a dedicated physician in the field of clinical pathology. Roger was born was born August 10, 1917 in Wooster, OH. The early days of his life were spent in Pittsburgh, PA where he attended public schools and was an Eagle Scout. After graduation from Edgewood High School, he attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, where he was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa and received his B.S. degree in 1939. In 1943 he graduated from Harvard Medical School. While in Boston he met Arline Frances Tyzzer, a young nurse at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the two were married on November 27, 1943. After receiving his M.D., Dr. Morrison served in the armed forces as a medical officer in several stateside hospitals, England, and France during World War II followed by service in occupied Japan. After receiving an honorable discharge from the armed forces in October 1946, he was a resident in pathology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and was a fellow at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Upon completion of this fellowship, he entered semi-private practice as the Director of Laboratories and chief pathologist at Aston Park Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital in Asheville, NC. In Asheville he also established the Pathologist's Medical Laboratory (now PML Pathology), a private laboratory for the practice of pathology. He was active in numerous local hospital, county, state and national medical organizations and served on the Buncombe County and North Carolina State Boards of Health. He served as an adjunct professor of pathology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC and was on the Board of Visitors of Warren Wilson College from 1972 to 1988, where he was also a member of the Warren Wilson Presbyterian Church and College Chapel. He had also served on the Board of Trustees for Asheville Country Day School, been involved with the Boy Scouts, the Pen and Plate Club, and the Zeb Vance Debating Society. He had been a long-time member of the Rotary Club of Asheville, the Biltmore Forest Country Club, and the Wolf Laurel Country Club. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 29th at 10:30am at the Deerfield Health Care Chapel Asheville with the Rev. E. Morgan Gardner and the Rev. Beth Newman officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Warren Wilson College Office of Advancement - CPO 6376, PO Box 9000, Asheville, NC 28815-9000. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family.

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  1. Dear Aunt Arlene and Cousins,
    Didn’t we make wonderful memories together with Roger/your Dad leading the charge into the mountains, etc.? Those were the good old days for sure!
    All my love to you all,

  2. Dear Arline, Pam Jim & Jimmy,
    We are saddened to hear about the passing of your beloved husband, father & grandfather. We will always feel extremely privileged to have known him and being able to share a few Christmas seasons. together. May God fill you with His peace and comfort.

  3. I wish I could have gotten to know Roger better over the years. The few memories I have of him are of a generous and kind soul.

  4. We share the sorrow and joy with our family. Roger was a super person and will be missed, but he has gone home to the Lord.

  5. We remember celebrating Roger’s 75th or 80th at Wintergreen ! A truly remarkable man, brilliant mind, and great heart. We should all be wise enough to leave our mark on the world as he did!

  6. Dear Arline, Pam, Jim, and Jimmy,
    We are so sorry to hear about the passing of a truly amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend.
    It was always a pleasure and honor to spend many precious moments with him and your family. A true treasure that we hold deep in our hearts.
    Our love and prayers,

  7. It was a sad moment to learn from my parents of Dr. Morrison’s passing. I know it is a hard blow to my dad, Dr. Lewis Rathbun, as Roger has for almost 60 years been a very close friend. I remember him well from my years growing up in Asheville. He was always so kind and approachable and so sunny and upbeat, even in recent years when he merrily drove around Deerfield in his electric vehicle. I recall him helping Hatsy Tillinghast with her science project in high school, remarking to her that he was happy to help since ‘we scientists have to stick together’-a wonderful reassurance to a nervous student. He will be long remembered and held dear.

  8. We are sorry about your Dad. You are in our prayers every day. We love you all very much. Mac & Lu

  9. We are sorry about your Dad. You are in our prayers every day. We love you all very much. Mac & Lu

  10. Arline:

    Roger will be missed because of his attitude to help anyone he could. I foundly remember making friends with Roger when I moved my family and Wilcox Travel to Asheville in 1965. He was a great supporter of me personally and our travel company. He helped me by referring clients to us.

    Arline,I have prayed asking God to give you and your family peace and encouragement during these days.

    Your friend,


  11. Dearest Lew, Lisa, Lauren and Luke,
    We realize your loss and are praying for strength and peace for you all. Please know we love you and treasure fond memories of our time with you and your parents/grandparents in Asheville. Love, Wes, Charlotte, John

  12. We did not know Dr. Morrison, but we know his son, Lew. To have raised such a man as Lew, Dr. Morrison must also have been a wonderful person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  13. We give thanks for the life of Dr. Morrison and for the generous gifts of knowledge and caring he brought to his family and our society. May he rest in piece as we celebrate a job well done. Thanks be to God for him, his work and his family–his blessed legacy to a world in need of good people. As friends of Lew and Lisa, we rejoice immensely in who they are and feel honored to have known Dr. and Mrs. Morrison through them over the years. May God embrace you, Mrs. Morrison, in your time of grieving and bless you with wonderful memories of the heart of your long life together.

  14. Dear Pam,
    Thinking of you today. I cannot make it to the service due to another commitment, but I do send best wishes to you and your family.
    With fond memories of years ago,

  15. I recently read about the loss of your dear loved one. Although we are not acquainted personally please accept my condolences. Psalms 90:10 says ‘in themselves the days of our years are seventy years; and it’s because of special mightiness they are eighty years…’ Amazing! Cherish the memories and the times you shared. May the God of comfort continue to be with you during this difficult time.

  16. In memory of Dr. Morrison, father of my friend,Tracy.
    Blessings to your family
    deborah vieille

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