John Morse

John W. Morse, 63, of Bryan, passed away Monday, November 23, 2009, at St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Bryan. Memorial services are set for 11 a.m., Saturday, November 28, 2009, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan.

John was born November 11, 2009, in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, to Wilbur and Velma Morse. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Minnesota and a P.H.D. in Geology from Yale in 1973. He has been a resident of the Bryan College Station community for 28 years, after moving here from Miami, Florida.

John started teaching Oceanography at Texas A&M University in 1981. Previously, he taught at Florida State University and the University of Miami. Recently he served as the interim head of the Oceanography Department at Texas A&M University.

His honors include a Fulbright Scholarship and being named a Distinguished Senior Visiting Research Scientist in the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences at Cardiff University in Wales. He was the initial holder of the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Chair in Oceanography in 1999. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, the Geochemical Society of America, the American Geophysical Union, and the European Union of Geochemists.

He ranked in the Top 200 Earth Scientists in the world and he has more than 150 publications to his credit. He was an editor of Marine Chemistry and editor-in-chief of Aquatic Geochemistry. At the time of his death he was in the midst of writing a book.

Apart from his love for teaching and research, he also had a strong passion for fishing, playing his guitar, and walking his English Springer Spaniels.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Morse; daughter, Angela Morse, of Bryan; sister, Kristi Morse, of Deluth, Minnesota; mother-in-law, Mildred Key, of Calhoun, Tennessee; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ronnie and Hazel Key, of Charleston, Tennessee; and niece, Jacqueline Henry, of Cleveland, Tennessee.


  1. Sandy,

    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. There’s never a good time to lose a loved one. You are in our prayers.


    Walter Daugherity

  2. Sandy and Angela,
    I am very sad to have lost a great boss and mentor, but most important a kind person. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to enjoy his presence for long, but his short time in my life meant a lot to me. He gave me a chance that very few people would have given me, and for that I will always be grateful. I will greatly miss him, but I know he is in a good place wherever he is. I am sorry I won’t be there with you for his memorial, but my thoughts and heart are with you.
    Sincerely ,

  3. Sandy and Angela…
    I am so very sorry for you loss.
    My prayers are with you both.
    I am not going to be able to attend John’s memorial service.
    I will be out of town but know that I will be thinking of you.

  4. I have known John for many years now. I sold him his first electrochemical system and we have been friends since that time. I have always admired Johns work and was planning a trip, to do a seminar and training of his new students. I will always remember his great demeanor and times we have seen each other at meetings. I am very sorry for your loss and you will be in my prayers over the holidays. Sincerely, Don Nuzzio

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