Dr. Gerard
Dr. Gerard (Gerry) T. Morton, Jr., 79, passed away on December 10, 2007. Dr. Morton was born on October 5, 1928 in Pensacola, Florida into a naval family. He was at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed on December 7, 1941. He spent his early years in the Hawaiian Islands and in Pacific Beach, California where he was a lifeguard. He graduated from the Gulf Coast Military Academy and from UCLA with a degree in theater arts. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and became a jet fighter pilot. During his time in the Air Force he made survival training films in Nevada. He was an aerial photographer for North American Aviation before joining TRW, where he became Director of Corporate Communications. He was heavily involved in the early days of the space program and was known as "The Voice of TRW." He earned master's and doctoral degrees in business administration before forming two companies, Morton & Associates, an International Consulting Services firm, and The Libra Group Consulting Services. He was owner and manager of Gerry Morton's International Turtle Club in Manhattan Beach, where he lived for many years. In retirement he was master of the sailing vessel "Libertine". He was a member and past Chief of the Vikings, a charitable organization, and a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots where he was honored as a "Friend of the Society." He was known by many as "Mr. Positive" and left a wake of happiness wherever he went. Dr. Morton is survived by a son, Gerard (Mercedes) T. Morton, III of Manhattan Beach, California; a daughter, Colleen (Grant) Anderson of Atherton, California; a son, Sean Morton of Hermosa Beach, California; a brother, Captain Donald (Joan) A. Morton, USN (Ret.) of McLean, Virginia; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Thomas of Manhattan Beach, California.

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  1. My deepest sympathy and prayers extend to Dr. Morton’s family. I feel so lucky and blessed to have known such a great man. It’s hard to place words to describe the presence he had. He was larger than life and he touched people deeply. He focused on the positive and never steered away. People were naturally attracted to Dr. Morton, as if he knew something that we all did not. He was authentic and distinguished by so many qualities. He will be missed by all that knew him. God Bless.

  2. I met Gerry through my wife, Connie, who worked with him years ago at North American. – Such an active and interesting guy – – so full of enthusiasm. We enjoyed his friendship very much.

  3. 12/20/07 It was with great sadness that we learned of Dr. Morton’s death. He was a wonderfully loyal supporter of Cheer for Children and will be missed. Our thoughts are with the family. Sincerely, Donna Dawick, Cheer for Children

  4. I remember meeting Jerry once when I was quite young. I still have memories of being impressed by my smart and urbane California cousin. it was because of him that I began to develop an interest in genealogy, since I couldn’t really understand how we were related (his father and my grandfather are brothers) That small confusion sparked off an interest that continues to this day. What a powerful impact he had on me! If any of his family is interested, I will gladly share the information I have.

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