Author writes book about the life of his grandfather, a UGA professor

John Morris was a professor at the University of Georgia for five decades until he retired in 1944, but to the educator’s grandson, he was a mysterious kinsman with facets of his life hidden in old tales in attic boxes, library files, and memories written in old books. letters.

About five years ago, the grandson—New York author and essayist Bill Morris—decided to delve into the life of his grandfather, now all but forgotten on campus and in the city where he lived.

The grandson said he has no memory of his grandfather, but there was a 1952 photo of nearly 90-year-old John Morris holding the child, Bill, on his knee. A physical meeting of the two had taken place.

“We lived at the same time. And he was born during the Civil War,” Morris said in a recent telephone interview.

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