The Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ community mourns the loss of Hobart Athletics Hall of Famer William “Bill” Morton ’55, 80, of Oklahoma City. The two-time football All-American died on Dec. 24.
A member of Chimera and a history major, Morton earned four letters in football and captained Hobart’s undefeated 1954 team. Playing on both sides of the ball as a halfback and a defensive back, he earned All-American honors as a running back in both 1953 and 1954. Morton received the Alumni Award as team MVP during both his junior and senior seasons. Over the course of his Hobart career, he started in 27 consecutive games.
Morton was inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame with the Class of 2002.
Morton served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. Among his many awards was the USAF Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Morton later worked for Halifax Engineering as director of the aviation division that worked on tooling design of the B-52 bomber.
Morton is survived by his wife of 59 years, JoAnn; son, Scott Morton and wife Judy, of Oklahoma City; daughter, Kelly Long, of Yukon, Okla.; five grandchildren, Sarah Medellin and husband Joe, Laura Morton, Matthew Long and wife Elizabeth, Daniel Morton, and Adam Long; and five great-grandchildren.
Click here to see the obituary that appeared in The Oklahoman on Dec. 27, 2013.