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Richard and Kathleen Morton Chair in Genetic Research

School of Medicine

Established in 1989

MortonRichardKathleenBoth RICHARD F. MORTON and KATHLEEN C. MORTON have had a long association with Johns Hopkins.

In 1953, Hopkins obstetrician Nicholson J. Eastman invited Richard Morton, sight unseen, to become an intern in OB/GYN. Leaving his bride in England, he spent a year at Hopkins, an experience that left an indelible mark and for which he was most grateful.

Kathleen Morton, a pediatrician, soon joined her husband in America. She served on the Hopkins faculty from 1971 to 1977, becoming the first woman named a dean in the School of Medicine.

When the couple decided to make a gift, genetics–outstanding at Johns Hopkins–was a natural choice because it linked their two disciplines. Dr. Richard Morton died in 2004.

“Hopkins provided both of us the opportunity to emigrate to the U.S., enabling us to prosper and, in time, endow a chair.”

– Richard and Kathleen Morton