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Alexander B. Morrison Alexander B. (Baillie) Morrison

1930 - living

  • Born 1930 Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Married Shirley Brook; eight children
  • Baptized as an adult
  • Branch President, Bishop, Regional Representative
  • First Quorum of the Seventy 1987-1989
  • Second Quorum of the Seventy 1989-1991
  • First Quorum of Seventy 1991-2000
  • Named Emeritus General Authority 2000

    The following biographical sketch is adapted from the "News of the Church: Elder Alexander B. Morrison of the First Quorum of the Seventy" published in the Ensign for May 1987 on the occasion of Elder Morrison's call to the First Quorum of the Seventy.
    Alexander B. Morrison concerns himself with matters of life and death. He is a scientist whose heart, mind, and strength are devoted to curing and eliminating disease and malnutrition. And as a new member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, Elder Morrison is equally concerned with spiritual health.

    “One of the great passions of my life,” he says, “is my concern for the poor and neglected and downtrodden.” Trained in nutrition and pharmacology, Dr. Morrison has directed several international committees in the World Health Organization, has led groups of Nobel prizewinning scientists, and is chairman of his department at the University of Guelf in Canada, where he teaches.

    As a public health generalist, his work has had three dimensions. First, in his academic role at the university, he has attempted to prepare others to eliminate the diseases that take hundreds of millions of lives yearly.

    Second, as an administrator of public policy regarding environmental and food safety in his post with the Health Protection Branch of the Canadian government, he has promoted laws and helped regulate the use of environmental contaminants.

    The third dimension of his work, and perhaps the one closest to his heart, has been his effort to fight diseases in underdeveloped countries. In the World Health Organization, he chaired for many years the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee to the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. This group works with twenty countries in the United Nations to eliminate diseases affecting millions.

    His international work was recognized in 1984 when he became the first recipient of the David M. Kennedy International Service Award from the Kennedy International .Center at Brigham Young University.

    Brother Morrison and his wife, the former Shirley Brooks, joined the Church during college as soon as they discovered that earth life was for learning and eternally progressing, that the glory of God is intelligence, and that marriage is eternal. The branch president at the time was N. Eldon Tanner, and their Sunday School teacher was Hugh B. Brown. Since then, Elder Morrison has served as branch president, bishop, and regional representative. The Morrisons have eight children, two of whom—Mary and Heather—will go with them to their new assignment.

    Born in Edmonton, Alberta, 22 December 1930, Dr. Morrison, fifty-six, is described by those who have worked with him as a man gifted with human understanding as well as the ability to analyze technical aspects of health needs. He earned his Ph. D. from Cornell University in 1956, then nine years later obtained a master’s degree in pharmacology, to keep him abreast of the developments in drug research for prevention of diseases. Having been to Africa many times to study the problems there, he has devoted himself to finding cures to major deadly diseases.

    “I carry victims’ faces in my mind as I brush my teeth and rinse my mouth with water whose purity I take for granted. I feel jungle heat on my skin as I move through air-conditioned corridors. I remember what starvation looks like as I sit down to abundance three times a day.

    “Carrying this burden keeps me, on the most fundamental of all levels, human,” he says with moist eyes and emotion in his voice.

    From public health to spiritual health, Elder Alexander B. Morrison is a man of deep .devotion. As a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, his intense interest in the. .physical, emotional, and spiritual health of his earthly brothers and sisters takes on another dimension.

    Elder Morrison served but two years of his five-year call to the First Quorum of the Seventy before being called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy on April 1, 1989. There he served another two years and was called again into the First Quorum on April 6, 1991, this time with an indefinite appointment.

    On October 7, 2000, after many years of faithful service, Elder Alexander B. Morrison was granted emeritus status and named an Emeritus Member of the First Quorum of the Seventy.

    "News of the Church: Elder Alexander B. Morrison...," Ensign, May 1987
    “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, May 1989, p.17
    “The Sustaining of Church Officers,” Ensign, May 1991, p.6
    "Three members of Seventy given emeritus status," Church News Archives
    2005 Church Almanac, p.84

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