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“I moved to The Springs at Tanasbourne late 2010. When I sat one time at the Family Table, Gar sat next to me. I told her my maiden name was...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Patricia Morrison Davis - OR

“Dorothy and Carl changed Oregon's children's lives when they came here, and to date, their legacy has touched over 100,000 children, and through them...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Tia Gray Stecher - Portland, OR

“Psalms 91:14-16 (KJV) 14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. ...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Rev. Valentine Vit - NJ

“Please accept my heartfelt condolences on Dorothy's passing. What a legacy the Morrison family has left with the founding of Morrison Center. So...Read More »
4 of 4 | Posted by: Jane Holbrook - Lincoln City, OR


Dorothy Nafus was born in Nashua, Iowa to Winnie and Roy Nafus, the oldest of three girls. She graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in English and Music. There she met and later married Carl Morrison, who was then graduating from medical school.
In 1947, she and Carl moved to Portland, where he became the first medical director of the Community Child Guidance Clinic, which later became the Carl V. Morrison Center for Youth and Family Services and is now known as the Morrison Centers, with many locations throughout the area.
In the 1950’s, Dorothy and Carl moved to a 40 acre farm/forest on Cooper Mountain, just south of Beaverton. There she taught music in the then three-room schoolhouse, and later expanded her teaching to junior high orchestras throughout the Beaverton School District. As a couple, they helped organize volunteers to improve the school grounds, and were active in family and community musical groups and enjoyed potlucks and square dancing. They loved the Northwest and camped and traveled extensively with their family in local and national parks throughout the West.
Photography was one of her life-long passions. Besides photographing family members and vacations, Dorothy made a project of recording Oregon wild flowers, including an extensive selection of flowers that grew in her Cooper Mountain forest. An 80-year member of PEO, she was past president of Chapter Cn and cherished her friendships with her PEO sisters.
In the tradition of her uncle, Dr. Herbert Bolton, a long-time history professor at UC Berkley, Dorothy was always fascinated by history and began her writing career while still teaching music. Over the years, Dorothy extended her writing to historical biographies for junior audiences. Always interested in the West, she wrote several books about people important to Northwest history. While in her eighties, she wrote her most distinguished work, Outpost: John McLoughlin and the Far Northwest. This was published by the Oregon Historical Society in 1999 and was later reprinted in paperback. Her books have been published in a variety of languages and can still be found in hard and paperback editions.*
As an historian, Dorothy also assembled photos, documents and family history dating to the 1600’s into books that she gave to her family on her 92nd birthday. She continued to write throughout her life, and participated in her writers group for many years, until only a few months prior to her death.
Dorothy Morrison was a remarkable, energetic woman. She was an eternal optimist who adored her family and friends. She will be missed by many and never forgotten. She is survived by her four children, James, Anne, David and John, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
The celebration of her life will be held at Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Park, Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 pm. Instead of flowers, contributions should be sent to the Carl Morrison Lantern Society that supports all of the Morrison Centers. http://morrison.kintera.org/HonoringDorothy Or By phone (503) 258-4290 – please mention the Lantern Society