Vernon B. Morris Jr., engineer

Vernon B. Morris Jr., a retired Westinghouse Electric Corp. engineer, died Monday of renal failure at the Genesis HealthCare Cromwell Center. He was 88.

Vernon Byron Morris Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised on Lanvale Street. He was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute and served in Baltimore with the Coast Guard Auxiliary during World War II.

Mr. Morris earned an engineering degree from the Johns Hopkins University in the early 1950s and subsequently worked for Bendix Corp. and the old Glenn L. Martin Co. in Middle River.

He worked for 35 years for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in electrical and telecommunications engineering before retiring in 1992.

During his career, he had worked on Polaris submarines and the lunar rover for the U.S. space program, said his daughter, Micki Morris of Homeland.

Mr. Morris, who had lived on Ruxway Road in Riderwood, was a fire buff and collector of Baltimore fire memorabilia. He also liked traveling and particularly taking cruises.

His wife of 43 years, the former Mabel Dyer, died in 1991. He was married to the former Elizabeth Kelly for 16 years; she died in 2008.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his daughter, Mr. Morris is survived by two stepsons, Walter "Bunky" Lears of Riderwood and Jeff Lears of New Freedom, Pa.; two stepdaughters, Diane Stern of Owings Mills and Linda Forrester of Bradenton, Fla.; two brothers, Charles Morris of Baltimore and Edward Morris of Westerville, Ohio; three sisters, Eloise Backof of Towson, Beverly McFalls of Manchester and Lydia Glass of Baltimore; 17 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Another stepdaughter, Maureen Whitcraft, died in 1996.

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