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MorrisonsThomas C. ’63 and Sarah K. Morrison 

Thomas C. Morrison ’63 served as an attorney with specialization in commercial litigation, focusing on advertising, trademark, and unfair competition litigation. He came to Otterbein to study social studies and was active in Lambda Gamma Epsilon fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, Torch and Key, Debate Team, Otterbein band and choir, and the Young Republicans Club, which he served as president. 

A recipient of the prestigious Root-Tilden Scholarship at New York University Law School, Morrison earned his law degree in 1966. Afterward, he served a four-year ROTC commission as an attorney in the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1966-1970. 

Morrison was a partner in law firms in New York City for more than 30 years and a member of the Otterbein University Board of Trustees, serving as board chair for eight years. During his tenure, he oversaw the expansion and renovation of the Science Center, the building of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, and the purchase of two properties west of Alum Creek, now the Art and Communication Building and The Point at Otterbein. In 2013, he received the Otterbein Distinguished Alumnus Award, and was awarded trustee emeritus status in recognition of his service. Since his retirement in 2015, Morrison remains active in service to several nonprofit boards.

Morrison met Sarah Koester Morrison in New York City and they were married in 1987. Sarah, a 1969 graduate of Northwestern University, worked for Art News magazine before joining the Wall Street investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette where she served as a vice president in the firm’s venture capital division. Sarah is active in several non-profit organizations, and has authored five books on the history of the Koester family and their town in Kansas in the late 19th century.

The Morrisons have generously supported the university and have included Otterbein in their estate plans, to include the creation of a full tuition scholarship fund in their names to identify, educate and develop students who are interested in U.S. government service, including an opportunity to attend The Fund for American Studies program in Washington, D.C. The example the Morrisons have set for service and philanthropy makes Otterbein proud to honor the couple with our highest award.

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