Chevron Press Release - Retired Chevron Vice President Walter K. Morris Dies
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21, 1998 - Walter K. Morris, retired Chevron vice president of public affairs, died Saturday (1/17) at the age of 76, after a long illness.
Morris, who retired from Chevron in November 1986, was very active in Bay Area community affairs.
A San Francisco native, Morris graduated from the University of Santa Clara with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1943. He then served in the U.S. Air Force as a flight engineer on B-29s during World War II, and after three years with United Airlines he joined Chevron's engineering department in 1949. He held positions in engineering and the company's foreign operations staff before being elected president of a London-based Chevron oil subsidiary in 1963.
Morris was appointed manager of the foreign staff in 1967 and became general manager of what was then the public relations department in 1969. He was named assistant vice president, public affairs, in 1977 and was elected vice president in January 1978.
During his many years of community service, he was chairman of the board of KQED, Inc., and chairman of the board of Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation in San Mateo. He served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Golden Gate Chapter; California Council for Environmental and Economic Balance; Meyer Friedman Institute; Independent Colleges of Northern California, Inc.; and the San Francisco Planning & Urban Research Association (SPUR). He was a trustee of the Citizens' Research Foundation.
He also served as chairman of the executive advisory committee, Program in Business and Social Policy at the University of California, Berkeley; vice chairman of the Public Affairs Council; regional vice chairman of the U.S. Council for International Business; and vice president of the British-American Chamber of Commerce. He was active with the World Affairs Council of Northern California and United Way of the Bay Area.
Morris was a member of the Bohemian Club, the Stock Exchange Club and the Burlingame Country Club. He was an avid skier, hiker and enjoyed traveling to remote corners of the world.
Morris is survived by his wife, Janet McClanahan Morris, and two sons, Randall E. Morris, M.D., of Los Altos, and Scott K. Morris, of Kirkland, Wash.; two daughters-in-law, Kay and Abigail; four grandchildren, Christine, Robert, Devon and Lily; and a sister-in-law, Dale McClanahan of Burlingame.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday (1/27) at 4 p.m. at St. Catherine Church, 1310 Bayswater Ave. at El Camino Real, Burlingame.
Donations may be made to Mills-Peninsula Hospital, 100 S. San Mateo Drive, San Mateo, 94401; Peninsula Open Space Trust, 3000 Sand Hill Road, Bldg. 4, Menlo Park, 94028; or Friends of Cardiovascular Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, 94305.
Updated: January 1998