William Autry Morrison

11 August 1945 - 6 August 2023

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William Autry Morrison

William "Bill" Autry Morrison was a sweet soul… intelligent, charming, generous, witty, quirky, lover of art and music; handsome, adventurous, a man of the world. Loved and loving.

Quiet and bookish as a child, he enjoyed good literature and classical music throughout his life. Extraordinarily intelligent, he was well educated at St Stephens Episcopal School, Hobart College, Stanford Law School, and the University of Texas. Bill spoke many languages and appreciated cultures around the world and the people from those cultures.

He dropped out of Stanford after he was critically ill with Meningitis. While he was in California, he volunteered in the AIDS wards and watched men die difficult deaths, an experience that stayed with him a lifetime.

Bill lived and worked in many countries. He worked with his father one summer on a pipeline in Indiana. While in high school, Bill was an exchange student in Germany, and he worked at Aramco in Saudia Arabia where he managed the IT program making payroll in dozens of currencies. Further, Bill worked for financial institutions in Europe, the Midwest and Austin. He lived in the Czech Republic where his work was translating legal documents. He said that Prague was the most beautiful city in the world.

As Bill became less active, he watched historical documentaries and English theatre online. He was obsessed with the Ukrainian war considering it to be a conflict of pure good and evil.

During the last 20 years of his life, Bill experienced debilitating and painful health problems that prevented his working and restricted his social life to a few friends and family members. However, he remained charming and witty and good humored. He followed the tenets of the church, the most uncommon being not to be slothful. With that in mind, Bill arose early, at 4:00 or 5:00 in the morning and kept his mind busy for a long day. No matter how challenging his life, he never lost his faith and found joy and comfort in his Christian God, praying, and meditating throughout his day.

Bill Morrison is survived by sisters Sammye K. Morrison and husband, Robert Brummond, Sayde Dunlap and husband Doug, brother Wesley Morrison and wife Libby, nephew Jeffrey Johnson and dear friends Elsa and Jose Estrada and Frances and Robin Thompson.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel, 5416 Parkcrest Dr, Austin, TX 78731 from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m., followed by a Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 3201 Windsor Rd, Austin, TX 78703.

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