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April 14, 2003

Birmingham-Southern to present Medal of Service to retired Southern Living editor

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham freelance writer, lecturer, and retired Southern Progress executive Philip A. Morris will receive Birmingham-Southern College's Medal of Service during its annual Honors Day Convocation April 22 at 10:30 a.m. in Munger Hall Auditorium on campus.

The Medal of Service recognizes Morris' contributions to the welfare of Birmingham-Southern and the Birmingham community.

Morris was executive editor of Southern Living magazine from 1976-91. He began his long tenure with the magazine in 1969 and also held positions as building and landscape editor and senior design editor among others. He was an editor-at-large for Southern Accents, Southern Living, and Coastal Living from 1991-2000.

Prior to his career at Southern Progress, he was a reporter for The Oklahoma

Journal, The Daily Oklahoman, and Oklahoma City Times. Morris' service to Birmingham-Southern includes as a member of the Campus Plan and Beautification committees, planning and leading an “Experiencing the City” Interim course in January 2003, and serving as a guest lecturer for various college courses, among other efforts.

His community activities include involvement with several successful projects such as renovation of Linn Park, redesign of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and restoration of Vulcan Park. He is past president and chairman emeritus of Operation New Birmingham and received the Alabama Humanities Award in 1994 and the American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Award in Communications for “Designs on Birmingham” in 1990.

Morris received his bachelor's degree in English literature from Rockhurst College and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where he studied urban design.

Honors Day is a celebration of the year's academic accomplishments at Birmingham-Southern. In addition to the convocation which will include a processional of graduating seniors and faculty in cap and gown, the day will feature academic awards presented to outstanding students in each of the six academic divisions, a luncheon, and a demonstration of scholarship and creative works by students and faculty.


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