Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Distinguished Alumni

Louis Morris

Dr. Louis Morris - 1984

Dr. Louis Morris was born in Thomas, Oklahoma, and received his SWOSU degree in 1935 with majors in mathematics, social science, and elementary education.  He gradated magna cum laude.  While attending Southwestern, he was a member of the band and president of the Student Senate.  He was instrumental in organizing Alpha Phi Sigma, a campus honorary scholastic fraternity.  He served as the first vice president of the organization.  He was also president of the local Young Men’s Christian Association. 

Dr. Morris also holds membership in Phi Delta Kappa, a graduate honorary fraternity, and he is a member of the Weatherford Rotary Club.  His first postgraduate job was in Konawa, where he was a high school mathematic instructor for three years.  Returning to Weatherford in 1983, he undertook a combination position with the Weatherford Public School District and the college. 

A mathematics instructor in the public schools, he served as supervisor of student teachers at Southwestern.  In 1946, Dr. Morris became a full-time member of the college faculty as a mathematics teacher.  He remained in that post until 1956, when he took over the chairmanship of SWSC’s department of teacher education and psychology.  As a graduate student, the dean received his Master of Arts degree in school administration at the University of Oklahoma in 1940. 

He was awarded a doctor of education degree in mathematics high education at Oklahoma State University.  Dr. Morris was appointed as Southwestern’s Dean of Instruction in 1960.  Not only Dr. Morris but his entire immediate family including his wife, a daughter, and four sons graduated from SWOSU.  Dr. Morris has served as President of the Oklahoma College and University Deans, Oklahoma Association of College Teachers, Oklahoma Council of Teacher Education, Weatherford Rotary Club, Southwest O.E.A. District, Southwest Mathematics Education Association, and the Weatherford P.T.A. 

Dr. Morris remains active in the Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, and the Methodist Church.  He received the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary’s highest honor.  Dr. and Mrs. Morris are very active in painting and making pottery.  They also enjoy their cabin in Colorado.