By Currier Times Staff///
Katherine Morrison, a professor of Health and Wellness, died March 27th. Her death plunged the college community into stunned shock, remembering an educator and activist who left her mark on the campus she served since 2007.
Prof. Morrison died of complications due to diabetes, according to her obituary. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 13th in Dedham.
“Kathy was a skilled orator, devoted teacher, and passionate public health professional who consistently worked as a champion for the program and for Curry students,” Provost Robert Shea wrote in an email to the college community. “Her loss will be profoundly felt.”
Curry held a remembrance service on campus a few days after her passing, where faculty, staff and students remembered a gregarious woman who had a quick wit, and a lifetime of stories.
Michelle LeBlanc, Chair of the Education department where Public Health and Wellness resides, shared her thoughts at the service.
“Dr. Katherine Morrison’s legacy are the students she leaves behind,” LeBlanc said. “Her greatest gifts are observed through these students. She loved her students.”
Tributes also poured in online, on the pages of this news site and on social media. Many said she was a mentor on their own journeys in life and others expressed the sorrow of losing someone who had such a zest for life.
According to her obituary, charitable donations can be made in her memory to the American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 31160, Hartford, CT 06150.
I met Kathy when we were both PhD students at University of South Carolina. We became fast friends. She was a good person and phenomenal friend. She called me for my birthday 3 days before she died. I love you K.
I have no words. Kathy was my doctoral student at the University of South Carolina and we remained friends and colleagues. She was a fierce advocate, a talented teacher, a skilled speaker and so full of life. And so very funny–she did indeed make the world a brighter place. My heart is breaking.
Kathryn Luchok, PhD
Kathy’s legacy will live on in all of us who knew her. I know she will continue to inspire her friends and colleagues on the Curry faculty to be the best teachers and mentors we can be, and that she’ll also continue to light the way for her students to live up to their potential and have faith in themselves. Kathy’s energy, humor, and fighting spirit won’t let us forget her!
This beautiful lady inspired my daughter Dominique during her visit to the college to major in Community Health and Wellness and we are so glad she did! Ms. Morrison infectious smile and bubbly personality is what caught our attention and to hear her describe all the wonderful directions you could go in with CHW Degree was just awesome. She had a way with influencing students and parents with her caring heart. I am sure she will be missed by all. I pray for strength and comfort for her family, my daughter and all the students and faculty at Curry.
I only had the pleasure of meeting Kathy a couple of times, but she definitely made an impression on me! She was knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. It was just delightful being in her presence. I’d say rest in peace, but that didn’t seem to be her nature. She’ll be sharing her cheer and good-naturedness!
I’m in shock at this news. Professor Morrison was my professor, advisor and mentor and we still kept in touch after I graduated in 2013. I’m grateful for her mentorship.
I am in disbelief of the passing of professor Katherine Morrison.When ever she would come to the Cafe in Hafer she would light up the room with her smile and always gave me a hug .