BOUNTIFUL — Elder Alexander B. Morrison, a scientist who fought in opposition to starvation and illness and later served within the Quorums of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for greater than 14 years, died quietly at house on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, after an extended and valiant struggle with Parkinson’s illness.
He was once 87.
A convert who joined the church in 1950, Elder Morrison served within the British Isles/Africa, North America Southeast and Utah North house presidencies. As Utah North Area president, he was once a common customer to stake and regional meetings alongside the Wasatch Front.
He was once sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy within the April 1987 general convention, to the Second Quorum two years later and to the First Quorum once more two years after that. He received emeritus standing at the October 2000 convention.
He was once born Alexander Baillie Morrison on Dec. 22, 1930, in Edmonton, Alberta, a son of Alexander S. Morrison and Christina Wilson Morrison. At age 16, he enrolled within the University of Alberta and turned into a gold medalist in biochemistry.
It was once whilst at the college that he met his wife-to-be, Shirley Brooks, and joined the LDS Church. They have been married per week after their baptism and later sealed within the Alberta Temple. They are the fogeys of 8 kids, with 24 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
Their department president at the time in their baptism was once N. Eldon Tanner, later a member of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and a counselor within the First Presidency. Their Sunday School trainer was once Hugh B. Brown, who additionally later held those self same general authority positions.
An across the world recognized scientist, Elder Morrison earned a bachelor’s stage in agriculture and a grasp’s stage in biochemistry from the University of Alberta, a Ph.D. at Cornell University, then a 2nd grasp’s in pharmacology 9 years later from the University of Michigan.
He was once venerated in 1984 as the primary recipient of the David M. Kennedy International Service Award from the Kennedy International Center at Brigham Young University and won the Borden Award of the Nutrition Society of Canada. He additionally won the Queens Jubilee Award and was once a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and of the Royal Society of Medicine.
He additionally was once venerated through the Great Salt Lake Council of the Boy Scouts of America for provider to youths within the Central City house.
In April 2004, he won the Distinguished Service to Humanity Award at the conference of the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists.
Elder Morrison additionally wrote greater than a half-dozen books on LDS subjects, together with “Valley of Sorrow: A Layman’s Guide to Mental Illness.”
He made many journeys to Africa and trustworthy himself to discovering treatments to main fatal sicknesses.
“I remember what starvation looks like as I sit down to abundance three times a day,” he stated. “Carrying this burden keeps me, on the most fundamental of all levels, human.”
Elder Morrison served 14 years within the Federal Public Service of Canada as assistant deputy minister in command of well being coverage, and via that place he turned into affiliated with the World Health Organization. He retired from that place in 1984 and turned into chairman of the meals sciences division at the University of Guelph, with a area of expertise in meals and agriculture.
In the WHO, he was once for 6 years chairman of the medical and technical advisory committee to the particular program on analysis and coaching in tropical sicknesses. He additionally was once chairman of a bunch learning the drug remedy of malaria.
“I guess being poor makes you worry about the poor of the world,” he instructed the Church News in an interview after his maintaining to the Seventy. “I come from the most common other people. My other people have been farmers in Canada. When my mom’s circle of relatives got here from Scotland, the world was once virgin nation. No one had farmed the land earlier than them. My mom and father married and settled in north central Alberta.”
Elder Morrison labored at the farm as a boy and for the primary 8 grades went to a one-room nation faculty. And he was once the primary in his circle of relatives to visit a college.
Elder Morrison credit his father for instilling in him a love of studying. “In a farming community where there wasn’t really very much emphasis on books and learning, Father provided the books. There was a deliberate attempt to talk about getting an education.”
Elder Morrison spoke 4 occasions in LDS general meetings. In his remaining deal with, the day he received emeritus standing in October 2000, he admonished the congregation to return and style the culmination of the dwelling gospel.
He had steadily represented the LDS Church at occasions aimed at aiding the hungry and deficient in addition to the mentally in poor health. Elder Morrison had a humble nature and an ideal skill to achieve out to the deficient and needy and lead them to really feel higher.
In different church provider, he was once a counselor within the Ottawa Ontario Stake presidency, bishop of the Ottawa third Ward, department president in Ottawa and Evansville, Ind., and a regional consultant to the Toronto, Montreal-Ottawa and Dartmouth Nova Scotia areas. He later was once a general authority curriculum adviser.
Funeral services and products might be Saturday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at the Bountiful Utah Orchard Stake Center, 3599 N. Orchard Dr., Bountiful. Friends would possibly name Friday, Feb. 23, from 6 to eight p.m. at Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, and Saturday at the stake heart in Bountiful from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Interment might be at the Bountiful City Cemetery.