Charles Morrison, 86

Anthropology professor emeritus

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Charles Morrison, 86, died at his Oak Park home on July 15, 2016. Born in London, England in 1929, he was professor emeritus of anthropology at Michigan State University and began his career in 1950 by working as a reporter and feature writer for the "Lincolnshire Echo" and "The Birmingham Gazette" in England. 

In 1956, he settled permanently in the United States, receiving his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 1960, and his M.A. and PhD in anthropology from the University of Chicago in 1962 and 1965. He was a professor of anthropology and associate dean at Michigan State University from 1972 through 1999 and was part of the anthropology faculty at the University of Rochester from 1965-1972. 

Charles Morrison is survived by his wife, Mary (nee Hutcherson); his son, Ian; his daughter-in-law, Jules Eckersley; his grandchildren, Amelia and Jasper; and his daughter, Leila. 

A memorial service will be held in September in Oak Park. 

The family appreciates memorial contributions made in honor of Dr. Charles Morrison to the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St., Oak Park 60302 or to the Unity Temple Choir at Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 805 South Blvd., Oak Park 60302. 

Arrangements are being handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home and additional information is available at

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