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SPR-SUM 2017

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IN MEMORY OF TAYLOR MORRIS 1923 – 2017 T aylor Morris, former Professor of English and founder of The Walk, passed away in Peterborough in March 2017. He was 94. A Peterborough resident for more than 50 years, Morris was born in New Orleans, where the sounds of jazz, street vendors and the celebrations of Mardi Gras would be the background for his youth. He would later turn his Louisiana beginnings into a three-volume memoir "All the Clouds'll Roll Away," centering on the exploits of a young New Orleans man coming of age in the shadows of World War II. Morris taught English at Franklin Pierce for nearly 30 years, retiring in 1994. He was a graduate of Tulane University, and received his master's degree in 17th century literature from Columbia. In 1964, Morris and his family came to New Hampshire, where he was invited to do a fellowship with the McDowell Colony. He would go on to do 10 more fellowships with the Colony, as well as a dozen with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Morris led the first Walk in 1979, a 1,400-mile trek from Barcelona to Dubrovnik. The multi-country trek would go on to be the centerpiece of Franklin Pierce's study abroad program, and Morris would lead generations of students on 14 more walks. The author of three books, including "All the Clouds'll Roll Away," Morris is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jan Dolan; five children; three step-children' and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A public memorial service will be held this summer. Details will be forthcoming on SPRING 2017 \ PIERCE 53

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