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Orono - Richard "Rich" Alexander Morrow , 81, passed away on March 11,2019, comforted by his wife and daughters at his home in Orono, under the care of Hospice. He was born April 19,1937, in Powassan,. Ontario,Canada,the son of Alexander and Esther(McLachlan) Morrow.

As his father's position with Ontario Hydro required frequent relocations, Rich moved with his parents and two younger siblings to towns throughout Ontario - Gordon Bay, Bala , Stratford, Oshawa, and Kingston. He called Orono his "home town" residing there for almost 50 years, raising a family and enjoying community life. In 2004, he became a United States citizen.

Rich graduated from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario in 1957, with a degree in physics/engineering, followed in 1958, by a master's degree in physics from University of British Columbia, Canada In 1963, he received his doctorate in physics from Princeton University . It was in Princeton, New Jersey where he met and married his wife , Terri. After teaching physics at the University of Maine for 35 years, and serving as chair of the physics department for five years, he retired as a Professor emeritus. Prior to coming to Maine in 1970, he was on the faculty at Princeton University and Dartmouth College.

Running was his favorite passion, he ran almost daily until he was 80 years of age. He enjoyed physical labor -- from mowing his large lawn with a hand-mower, to digging post holes at his daughter's farm, and maintaining a large vegetable garden for many years. A go-to guy for fixing things , he could repair a 40 year-old clothes dryer as well as unravel the mystery of a computer glitch. In retirement Rich and Terri traveled to Italy, Holland, England and throughout the United States and Canada. The last big trip was in November 2017, to Churchill, Manitoba, to view polar bears in their natural habitat

Rich was predeceased by sister, Lorna. Surviving in addition to his wife of 55 years, Terri ( Mazzarella) Morrow are his daughters, Nancy and husband Peter LaChance, of Whitby ,Ontario and Michele Morrow and her partner Kenneth Williams, of Candia, New Hampshire; three grandchildren , Stephanie, Rachel, and Gregory LaChance; one brother, Michael Morrow and his four children, Matthew, James, Elizabeth, and Catherine of London, England.

A gathering of family and friends will take place in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rich's name may be sent, if you wish, to Northern Light Hospice, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 04401-0931 or Orono Animal Orphanage, 71 Airport Rd, Old Town 04468. Condolences to the family may be expressed at
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12 posts

Herman G. Weller
Apr 18, 2019
During my 15 years on the UMaine campus in Shibles Hall, I often worked with Rich and other science and math educators on grant projects with Maine teachers. Rich worked very well with teachers, able to communicate his science ideas clearly and with humor. He was always concerned that the teachers were interested and comfortable. Thank you, Rich, for bringing your science expertise to teachers from all over Maine.
Susan Xirinachs
Mar 22, 2019
I just now learned of Richs' passing.I am so sorry,and sorry to be so late in contacting you.I will be in touch soon.If I can do anything for you,please don't hesitate to call me.
Raymond &Julia; Cota. It is with profound sorrow that we read of Rich's passing. He was our neighbor and friend. He enjoyed a fruitful life, filled with succes as a scientist, teacher, gardner and, most important, as a loving husband and father. Our sincere condolences to Terri, Michelle and Nancy.
Mar 20, 2019
Sandra Harkness (Stuart)
Mar 16, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Richards passing. I had a lovely visit with him at Lorna's wake. I will pass on the news to my cousins here in the North. Received the information from Doug Cox. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mar 16, 2019
Mrs. Morrow,
I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. I remember you mentioning him sometimes in your classes at Beal. My thoughts are with you and your family.

Love from one of your former CMA students
Ruth Vaughan
Mar 14, 2019
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Sue Hatch
Mar 13, 2019
So sorry for your loss my dear friend. I will be thinking of you.We shall chat when the time is right. xxxxoooo
Patricia and Harvey Kail
Mar 13, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of Richard Morrow's death. We will miss seeing him striding across the Main Street Bridge. Our sincere condolences to Terri and family.
Jeff and Peggy Holt
Mar 13, 2019
We will miss seeing Rich on his jaunts about Orono. He was such an inspiration as we trained for our pilgrimage. Our prayers are with you, Terri.
Mar 13, 2019
I’m very sorry for your loss. May you cherish all the memories in the difficult days ahead
Mar 12, 2019
The touching and informative tribute paid tribute to a man of sound body and mind. A man that I am confident that I would have liked to have gotten to know. Any person who is still running while in the seventies has earned my respect. My sincere condolences are extended to you over the loss of a remarkable man.
Brian Gerry
Mar 12, 2019
Mary Ann and I are so sorry to hear of Rich’s passing.