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Fr. Michael G. Morrison, SJ, Former Creighton University President, Dies at Age 81

May 25, 2018 — Jesuit Father Michael G. Morrison, the longest-serving president of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, died on May 24, 2018, at St. Camillus in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He was 81.

Fr. Morrison was born on March 9, 1937, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He attended grade school and high school in Green Bay before entering the Society on August 8, 1955. He completed his novitiate in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; juniorate in Grand Coteau, Louisiana; philosophy in St. Louis; and theology in St. Marys, Kansas and St. Louis. He did regency at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha. He was ordained on June 6, 1968, made tertianship in St. Paul, Minnesota, and pronounced his final vows on February 2, 1976.

He was awarded a Ph.D. in American history by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1971. From 1971 to 1977, Fr. Morrison taught history and began his time as an administrator at Marquette University in Milwaukee. From 1977 to 1981, he taught history and served as academic vice president at Creighton University.

In 1981 he became the university’s 22nd president, establishing an undergraduate occupational therapy program at the school, along with the nation’s first doctoral program in physical therapy in 1993 and the nation’s first clinical doctoral program in occupational therapy in 1995.

After his retirement as president in 2000, Fr. Morrison spent a few years in retreat ministry at the Oshkosh Jesuit Retreat House but soon returned to university teaching. From 2003 to 2009 he taught history at Creighton and Marquette University. He moved to St. Camillus in 2009 due to declining health. [Source: Creighton University, Midwest Jesuits]

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