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Donald Ian Morrison, 86, of Wappingers Falls, passed into his eternal life on Friday, March 23, 2012. Known to many as Ian Morrison, he was born in the Belgian Congo November 7, 1925 to Presbyterian missionary parents. He was predeceased by his parents John and Mary (Porter) Morrison. He grew up speaking English and Chalubu with his sisters, Helen Knowles who survives in Nashville, TN.; and Jeanette Norris, who predeceased him. He moved to South Carolina to live with relatives and to attend high school. He earned a degree in chemistry from King's College and a Master's in mathematics from North Carolina State. He served two tours in the US Army during WWII as an artillery gunner. After the war his unit was stationed in Glasgow, Scotland where he met and married Moira MacGregor in 1946. Moira passed away in 2010.
In his early career he worked at Aberdeen Proving Grounds using the Univac computer to design airplanes, taught mathematics at Johns Hopkins, and as an actuary at USFG, an insurance company. He saw the opportunities the electronic computer was creating so he joined IBM in Poughkeepsie in 1962 where he worked until 1987, when he retired.
He was a teacher, trainer of teachers, and advisory planner. He designed and built a magnificent log cabin, high on Mt Beacon, with a majestic panorama of the Hudson River.
Ian was father to ten: four by birth, Douglas, Marsha, Sandra, and Laurie; three by law, Franklin, Robert, and Cynthia; and three by marriage, Cheryl, Jan, and Brian, children of his beloved Alberta (Bert) Baxter of Wappingers Falls, whom he married June 9, 1985 and who died on November 16,2010. He leaves 14 grandchildren and 15 great-¬grandchildren.
Along with his wife Bert, Ian became an avid Yankee fan, enjoyed the Islands of Hawaii and the mountains in N.C. Most people will remember the deep thinker with his pipe of Black and Gold tobacco.
Ian and Bert were devout Presbyterians, he serving as an elder, Sunday school teacher, and occasional preacher for over 50 years. They were very active in the local Crop Walk, gathering donations and delivering to the Grace Smith House and also meals to shut ins. He wrote extensive interpretations of Genesis and Paul's letter to the Romans.
One of his last sermons was titled "The Joy of Death". Dad's faith was sure and strong and carried him through his passing in this life, confident of the eternal and joyous life to come. He will be dearly missed but lovingly remembered by those to whom he gave his love so abundantly.
The Family will receive visitors from 6pm to 9pm, Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Sweet's Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park.
Funeral Services and entombment will be private at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorial donations to the American Lung Association, 155 Washington Ave, Suite 201, Albany, New York, 12210.
To send an online condolence or for directions, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.

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