- Published on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:01
- Written by Los Altos Town Crier Staff
Albert Jerome Morris passed away peacefully May 13, 2014, at his home in Los Altos Hills at the age of 95. He was born in the Bronx, New York and attended UCLA, U.C. Berkeley, and Stanford. He moved to Los Altos Hills in 1958 to raise his family with his beloved wife of 63 years, Barbara, who preceded him in death.
Al is survived by his brother Herbert Morris; three children, Peter, Lee, and Lisa; five grandchildren, Gabrielle, Amanda, Ryan, Brett, and Alex; and four great grandchildren, Oceanah, Tevin, Chase and Tripp.
Al served as an officer in the Navy on an aircraft carrier in World War II. He worked in the early years after the war in the Office of Naval Research as Scientific Research Coordinator for Electronics on the West Coast, providing seed funding for the ideas behind many Silicon Valley startups. Al was a "serial entrepreneur" who founded a number of successful technology companies in Silicon Valley, including Morris Defibrillator, the first company to produce a closed-chest pacemaker and defibrillator. He also founded Energy Systems, an electronics firm, and Genesys Systems, which designed and installed the Stanford Instructional Television Network. He also founded Biosys, a biological pest control company. He enjoyed playing tennis and golf and spending time with his family and his cherished companion, Joyce Langry.
He had an unequaled, bigger than life personality. He gave guidance, support, and direction to everyone in the family, as well as to many other friends and associates outside the family. He will be greatly missed.