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2010-05-12 / Obituaries

L. Donald Morris, former trustee of Village of Williamsville

L. Donald Morris, 95, of Williamsville, died Friday, April 21, 2010, after a brief illness.

Mr. Morris was born June 2, 1914, in Conesus, N.Y. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from Alfred State College in 1934. After graduation, he taught at high schools in Avoca and Webster, N.Y., from 1935 to 1941.

During World War II, he established the ordinance and inspection departments at Corning Glass Works. He later moved to Williamsville where he headed the structural testing department at Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory, where he performed static and dynamic tests of materials, components and prototypes of aircraft and missiles.

From 1950 to 1953, Mr. Morris was the curriculum coordinator at Williamsville Central School district. He later became a board member and vice president of the Williamsville Board of Education. The Maple East Elementary School was dedicated to him in 1960. In 1963 he completed a master’s degree in education from the University at Buffalo.

From 1953 to 1960 he was the chief engineer of the Dustex Corporation in Buffalo; he held various sales, engineering and executive positions at Case Elderfield Co., Campbell Elevator Co. and D.J. Martin Equipment.

Mr. Morris was a member of many professional and civic associations, including the Niagara Falls and Williamsville Rotary clubs. He was a longtime trustee of the Village of Williamsville.

He is survived by his sons, Robert and William; daughter, Maryruth Vohwinkle; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth. A service was held Friday, April 30, at Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home.

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