Louis Richard Morrell

October 19, 1936 - April 28, 2013
Louis Richard Morrell

Louis Richard Morrell, age 76, of Wilmington,NC passed away April 28, 2013 at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.

Mr. Morrell had a long career in higher education and had lectured and written extensively about all aspects of higher education.He had numerous articles and book chapters published relating to endowment and retirement fund investment matters. The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) awarded him the Neal O. Hines Publication Award in 1991 and the Rodney H. Adams Award in 1997 for exceptional contributions to professional development and research activities in the field of college and university endowment and investment management.

He served as Vice President for Investments and Treasurer from 1995 to 2007 at Wake Forest University.
Prior to joining Wake Forest, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and in similar capacity at Radcliffe College (Harvard University). He started his career at Smith College where he served as Controller and then Assistant Treasurer for seventeen years.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth Ann; a son, Stephen and wife Marguerite; grandchildren, Stephen Louis and Christopher; a brother, Michael and his wife Chris; brother-in-law James Ruby and his wife Charlene.

A Memorial service to honor Lou will be held 10 AM Saturday May 18, 2013 at Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Drive Wrightsville Beach,NC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wake Forest University c/o University Advancement PO Box 7227 Winston-Salem,NC 27109 for scholarship purposes or to Wrightsville United Methodist Church, 4 Live Oak Drive Wrightsville Beach,NC 28480.

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  • April 30, 2013
    Kevin Cox says:
    I enjoyed working with Lou for several years at Wake Forest. He was an extremely dedicated administrator at Wake Forest who wanted to do all he could in his role to benefit the University and its students, faculty and staff. I am glad that I had a chance to work with him.

  • April 30, 2013
    Russell & Susan Armistead says:
    Susan and I are so sorry to hear about Lou's death. I worked with Lou at WFU through 2000 and talked to him a few times after I left WFU. I always enjoyed listening to his description of various investment options, and how much he loved what he did. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. Susan & Russ Armistead

  • April 30, 2013
    Jim Johnston says:
    Expressions of Sympathy Jim Johnston has sent this Expressions of Sympathy card.

  • April 30, 2013
    JEANETTE HYDE says:
    I HAD THE GREATEST RESPECT AND ADMIRATION FOR LOU. HE WAS A TRUE PROFESSIONAL WHO SERVED WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY SO WELL. HE WILL BE MISSED. MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. JEANETTE HYDE

  • April 30, 2013
    Deborah Rubin says:
    Lou was a steadfast friend and supporter of Reynolda House Museum of American Art. He helped grow our endowment enabling the museum to provide first rate art experiences for all visitors in a 1917 historic house. As former Chair of the Board I am saddened by his loss and grateful for all he did. Deborah Rubin