Eight Bells: Kenneth Morrison

Obituary from the Hiers-Baxley Funeral Home. Edited for clarity.

COL (Ret) Kenneth L Morrison, 90, passed away June 18, 2023. Ken was born on December 22, 1932 in Phoenix, AZ to Richard H Morrison and Ernestlee (Rainville) Morrison.

He graduated from San Rafael Military Academy in San Rafael, CA in June 1950. He received a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska in 1967 following his graduation from the US Army Command & General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS in 1966. He received a master’s degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg State University, Shippensburg, PA in 1976 following his graduation from the Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, PA in 1976.

He retired as an Army Colonel in 1979 after serving for 28 years. He served in the Korean War as enlisted man in the 2nd Infantry Division and was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious service. Following a tour in Vietnam, he attended the Army Command & General Staff College and was subsequently assigned to the Pentagon where he served in the Enlisted Personnel Directorate and later in Personnel Services Division of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel where he earned his 3rd Army Commendation Medal and his first Meritorious Service Medal. Following his graduation from the Army War College he was assigned to Headquarters Pacific Command in Hawaii where he retired as the Chief of Personnel Services Division, J-1 on 31 October 1979.

Following his military service, he became involved in sailing in Hawaii where he was Commodore of the Waikiki Yacht Club, Executive Director of the Royal Hawaiian Ocean Racing Club and Commodore and Executive Secretary of the Hawaii Yacht Racing Association. He was Race Director for the Clipper Cup/Kenwood Cup Hawaii Offshore Series from 1978 through 2000 and served on the Board of Directors of the US Sailing and on numerous committees from 1983 through 2006. He was a National Judge, National Race Officer and National Umpire for US Sailing. He was an International Judge, International Race Officer and International Umpire for World Sailing from 1986 to present. He continued his efforts as a National and International Judge until 2020 when he moved to Harleton, Texas with his daughter and son-in-law.

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