Mac Glenn Morris, 97, passed away peacefully on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2019 in Princeton, NJ. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of nearly 73 years, Janelle Connevey Morris, his son Robert Steven Morris of Cleveland, OH, his daughter Janelle Morris Thibau and son-in-law Eric Thibau of Potomac, MD, his son-in-law Edward Michael Harris of Perkasie, PA, and his son John Logan Morris and daughter-in-law Susan Teare Morris of Princeton, NJ. He is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren, along with many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter Patricia Morris Harris of Perkasie, PA who passed away May 17, 2019.
Mac was born January 24, 1922 in Bessemer City, NC to Erin C. Morris and Manley T. Morris, a station agent for the Southern Railway. He grew up in Gastonia, NC. At age 16 he went to Davidson College in Davidson, NC where his two older brothers had also attended. Upon graduation in 1942, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served throughout World War II as a bomber pilot in the Pacific, providing close air support to allied troops in The Philippines. He earned the rank of First Lieutenant and was decorated for his service with seven Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
Mac met his wife Janelle while assigned to Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, TX after the war ended. Their wedding on July 27, 1946 marked the beginning of a love story that grew to encompass not only family but a community of friends and colleagues that spanned the country and the globe. Mac enjoyed the partnership of Janelle throughout his career, often crediting her with all of his success, starting in advertising sales in Birmingham, AL with Progressive Farmer, moving to This Week Magazine in New York, NY, then as head of Newspaper One, and finally as Vice President and national sales leader at Newspaper Advertising Bureau for the top brands in the US. During his long career, Mac developed close friendships with editors and publishers of the major US city newspapers and newspaper chains, and had an unique foresight in recognizing industry changes for the future.
Mac and Janelle moved to Princeton, NJ in 1947, to the Stanworth Apartments on Bayard Lane, which were welcoming veterans. Mac commuted to New York by train and made many friends on the daily commute. Mac and Janelle purchased Clearbrook Farm on Herrontown Road, Princeton in April 1962. It became the hub of activity for the Morris family and their friends, hosting the Annuals, Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, church picnics, weddings, and many musical evenings. Countless family members and friends remember gatherings at the “farm,” with Texas barbecues, spotlight tag, sing-alongs around the piano, and ball games.
Throughout his life, Mac was the family station wagon “pilot” for annual drives out West with Janelle, developing a community of treasured friends within the Navajo, Zuni, Santo Domingo, Hopi, and other Native American communities whose beautiful jewelry they so admired and loved to share. The family has wonderful memories of many road trips around the country seeing friends and singing and laughing all the way.
Mac will be remembered by all those who loved him as a kind, generous, and loving soul, a loyal friend, an inspiration and mentor, a patriot and a faithful servant. He served many years as an active elder of the First Presbyterian Church, then of its successor the Nassau Presbyterian Church, in Princeton, NJ. He was on the board of the Princeton Bank, and a long-time member of the Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club, and the Princeton Investor Group.
Services will be held Monday, June 10th, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made in his name to Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina or Nassau Presbyterian Church in Princeton, NJ.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton.