Charles Morrissey

Title: Historian, Educator (Retired)
Company:  Baylor College of Medicine
Location: Houston, Texas, United States

Charles Morrissey, Retired Educator and Historian at Baylor College of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Oral History.

Ever since he was young, Mr. Morrissey has had a fascination with the stories that people tell, and with history in general. This fascination drove him into academia, and he would go on to have a very long and distinguished career, and become one of the most prominent oral historians in the nation. In 1962, very early in his academic career, he was offered the opportunity to do oral history interviews with White House staff members during the Truman administration, and the rest, as they say, is history. Soon after, he became the director of the John F. Kennedy Library Oral History Project, and then in 1971 he was offered the position of director of the Ford Foundation Oral History Project as well. He would go on to become a visiting professor at the University of Vermont, and would serve as the director of the Oral History Archives of Baylor College of Medicine until 1997, and until very recently he had maintained a consultant status with them. He was elected President of the Oral History Association and served from 1971 to 1972.

Mr. Morrissey’s own education began at Dartmouth College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1956. He then continued his education at the University of California, Berkeley, completing a master’s degree in 1957. He is an authority in the field of oral history, often being sought out for his expertise by those wishing to get into the field, or from professionals hoping to start their own oral history project. For his invaluable contributions, he has received a number of awards and honors, among these being a lifetime recognition from the Oral History Association, and the Harvey Kantor Award from the New England Association of Oral History.

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