August 2017


Former NACE President Bob Morrison Passes


Robert Leroy (Bob) Morrison, NACE President in 1988, passed away at 85 on August 2, 2017.

Bob enjoyed a long career of public and private service. He began his public service career at the City of Findlay, Ohio, water department, where he spent 10 years beginning in 1949. He spent 9 years as Deputy Hancock County Engineer (1960-1969), 6 consecutive 4-year terms as Hancock County, Ohio, Engineer from 1969-1993, and lastly 4 years as Findlay City Engineer from 1996-2000.

Bob served his country honorably between high school and college, spending a 16 month tour of duty in the Army in the Korean War from 1952-54. He graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1959.

In addition to serving as the President of NACE, Bob also was the President of the County Engineers Association of Ohio (CEAO). He was involved in numerous other professional organizations, including the Ohio and National Societies of Professional Engineers, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), the Ohio Township Trustees Association, the Water Management Association of Ohio, the Humane Society, the Hancock Regional Planning Commission, and the Community Development Foundation, to name a few. Bob also served as the Director of the Hancock Recreation Center.

On the more personal side, Bob served many years on the Vestry at Trinity Episcopal Church in Findlay, in the Findlay #227 Masonic Lodge, in the Scottish Rite Valley of Toledo Lodge as a 32nd degree mason, and on the Black Swamp Area Council Executive Board of The Boy Scouts of America.

Bob enjoyed spending his private time in the early years recreating and relaxing with close friends, and travelling and camping with his family. In his retirement years, he enjoyed traversing North and South America with his wife, Mary, and spending time with their many friends in their North Fort Myers winter home.

A life-long Findlay, Ohio, resident, Bob was son to the late Leroy F. and Martha (Morris) Morrison. He is survived by his sons James R. Morrison (Diane Blain) of Worthington, Ohio, David R. (Stella) Morrison and Steven L. Morrison of Findlay; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Mary Linda (Bryant) Morrison in 2012.

It was Bob’s desire to be cremated and to be remembered for the days when he was still full of life. The family held a memorial gathering at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home on August 8. A private family burial service was held in Maple Grove Cemetery.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Findlay-Hancock County Public Library (206 Broadway St., Findlay, OH 45840) or The Boy Scouts of America Black Swamp Area Council. (2100 Broad Avenue, Findlay, OH 45840 or

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