Former ACU drama teacher, loyal Wildcat supporter dies at 97


For immediate release
Nov. 15, 2001

Rebecca McKay (Mrs. A.B.) Morris, former Abilene Christian University drama teacher and widow of long-time coach and athletics director A.B. Morris, died Wednesday morning in her sleep. She was 97.

Memorial services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Sewell Theatre on the ACU campus. Dr. Eddie Sharp, minister of University Church of Christ, will preside. Members of the ACU theatre faculty and other friends of Mrs. Morris will present several tributes in her memory.

Mrs. Morris was born Oct. 4, 1904, in Ferris, Texas, south of Dallas. She graduated from high school there and came to then Abilene Christian College in the fall of 1921. She graduated in1925 with a B.A. degree and married A.B. Morris on Nov. 30 of that year.

Mrs. Morris was a substitute teacher in the Abilene schools while she did graduate work at Hardin-Simmons University. She taught speech and drama and directed many productions at ACU from 1933-43.

Mrs. Morris started the ACU chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, national honorary drama society, and sponsored the Melpomenean Players, an acting troupe. An endowed scholarship for theatre students was established in her honor at ACU in1990. The Rebecca McKay Morris Endowed Scholarship for Performing Arts is designed to benefit undergraduate students who are active in and show outstanding ability and potential in the performing arts. In addition, a scholarship fund for ACU women's basketball also honors Morris.

Mrs. Morris was a lifelong fan of ACU Wildcat athletics, regularly attending basketball games through last season, and in 1997 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ACU Sports Hall of Fame for her loyal support of ACU Wildcat teams.

Her husband was a member of the first class of Hall of Fame inductees in 1986-87. Their only son, Charles Morris, also competed in athletics at ACU. He died in 1997.

A.B. Morris, known on the campus as "Bugs," coached, taught and served as athletics director and as chair of the Department of Physical Education at ACU during a career that spanned six decades of service. He died in1983.

Mrs. Morris is survived by two granddaughters, Margaret Rebecca "Beki" Morris of Cambridge, Mass., and Susan Elizabeth Morris of Denver, several nieces and cousins, and hundreds of friends.

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