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POSTED: AUG 26, 2013

Dr. E.B. Morrison grew up in Welborn, Kansas and earned psychology degrees at Washburn University in Topeka, and at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. As an undergraduate, he worked at a school run by the Menninger Clinic, and while in grad school worked at the University of Iowa's hospital school. He always preferred working with children, believing that helping children overcome difficulties provides the best promise for a happy, productive adulthood.

In 1951, E.B. Morrison was completing his PhD in clinical psychology and special education at the University of Iowa and had just landed a job in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. His advisor suggested, just for the heck of it, that he "run up" to Sioux Falls, SD, where a new "crippled children's" hospital and school was being opened soon, just to talk to them about it. He came and met with Henry Billion, one of the individuals driving the creation of "Crippled Children's Hospital & School."  Henry sold him on the grassroots effort, and hired him as executive director in August 1951, while the new building was still under construction. Dr. Morrison opened the doors for operation in March 1952, and for the next three decades, he led an organization held in very high esteem across the region.  He advocated for children, raised funds, recruited and inspired staff, helped shape programming, and authored some of the state's first special education laws.  He retired in 1984. 

The Dr. E.B. "Jon" Morrison Roll of Honor was created by the Children's Care Foundation Board of Directors to recognize planned giving donors and legacy-of-life estate gifts that have built the foundation.

His last public speech was at the Children's Care Auxiliary's "Table Scapes" event on May 18, 2012, the 60th anniversary year for Children's Care. At the same event, Dr. Morrison was honored by parents and staff for his pioneering of services for children.

Staff, former students, families, friends, and community members are all mourning the passing of this great man.  The American flag at Children's Care is flying at half-staff in his memory.

Dr. Morrison is survived by his wife, Rosie, and other family members.  The family will be at the church on Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. to greet friends. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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