The world has become a little less bright with the recent passing of Ruth Eunette Morris. Ruth was born in Cross Plains, Texas, on October 29, 2015, to Eva Mae Swan and John Campbell Morris and died on January 12, 2016, in Galveston, Texas. Left to cherish her memory are her nephews John and Lary Tullis of Fremont, Ohio, her “angel” and faithful friend and caregiver, Victoria Mata, her devoted and constant caregivers at Concord Assisted Living, her beloved friends Ninfa Cerillos, Rene Gustafson and Lucia Guzman, her former student, friend and guardian, Barbara Railey, her beloved dog, Max, and many other friends, neighbors and colleagues.
After graduating from high school in Santa Anna, Texas, Ruth continued her education at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1947. She received her Certification in Medical Technology that same year and worked at the Terrell Laboratories in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was elected President of the Tarrant County Society of Medical Technologists. She received a Masters of Education in 1973. Ruth joined the School of Allied Health Sciences at UTMB in 1967 and guided the development of the Department of Medical Technology, serving as the Department’s Chairman and Dean from 1968 until her retirement in 1986. During her tenure at UTMB, she received numerous awards and honors from local, state and national organizations. She served as President of the Texas Society of Medical Technology and was a member of the Board of the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. In 1986, the Ruth E. Morris Academic Excellence Award was established at UTMB in recognition of Ruth’s contributions as Chairman of the Department of Medical Technology. In 2003, the Ruth E. Morris Scholarship Fund was established and fully endowed to offer tuition assistance to deserving students. Throughout her tenure at UTMB, Ruth’s greatest love and top priority was her students, and she worked tirelessly to ensure their every success.
After her retirement, Ruth lived in Galveston the rest of her life. She loved people and animals and her home reflected that attitude. Ruth welcomed the world into her home through a revolving door that constantly filled her house with a loving circle of former students, friends and their dogs, and every stray dog and cat that wandered her way. She also enjoyed a passion for birds, the Tuesday night Galveston band concerts, where she was honored in 2013, the Galveston Symphony, the Grand Opera House, and her beloved Galveston beach. Ruth was an avid gardener and worked her rose gardens with a green thumb to the envy of all those who stopped by. She could solve crossword puzzles in ink with the best of them.
A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at a date to be determined. For those who wish, donations may be made in her memory to the Ruth Morris Scholarship Fund at UTMB, the Galveston Animal Shelter or a charity of your choosing.