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William C. Morse

William C. Morse of Chelsea, died Friday, January 25, 2008, at the age of 92, at his home in the Chelsea Retirement Community, surrounded by family and a close friend. Born October 23, 1915, in Erie, Pennsylvania, Dr. Morse earned his PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He co-founded and chaired the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the university. For 15 years he directed the University of Michigan Fresh Air Camp, a dynamic training setting for special education teachers and social workers. The university honored Dr. Morse with the prestigious Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1970. After retirement as faculty emeritus, Dr. Morse served as visiting professor at the University of California/Northridge and the University of South Florida at Tampa. Professor, author and mentor to countless aspiring educators, Dr. Morse was beloved by colleagues and students alike for his compassion, wisdom and dynamic leadership in guiding individuals to become effective advocates for and teachers of disturbed children. Dr. Morse was renowned in the field of special education. In 1977 he received the E. Wallace Wallin Education of Handicapped Children Annual Award. Family, friends and colleagues will remember Dr. Morse’s humor, sensitivity, irreverence, passion for Democratic politics, and devotion to his longtime summer home in McGregor Bay, Ontario. He was a man who could tackle anything and did so throughout his life. Leaving his home on Penncraft Court in Ann Arbor was difficult for him and his wife Sunny, where they had built their house with their own hands with the help of friends in 1940, raised a family and served the community for more than 65 years.

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