The Morse Society

Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Richard H. Morse, MDThe Morse Society and graduate student fellowships for training and research in Childhood Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities have been established through an endowment with the University of Wisconsin Foundation. The program is operated under the guidance of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education and the Waisman Center. The Morse Society will support a group eventually of 12 members (doctoral candidates and several postdoctoral scholars) for interdisciplinary study of childhood mental health and the psychiatric aspects of developmental disabilities. Scholars may come from all departments and professional schools and must show an intent to bridge additional related fields and research at the University. The group will meet on a regular basis and selected presentations will be made available both through open meetings and also ever-increasing electronic media. A yearly Visiting Professorship is also planned. The Bequest is made by Richard H. Morse, MD (UW School of Medicine) in honor of his parents Herbert and Freda (UW Law and UW Social Work), containing the estates of all three and also of Dr. Morse's lifelong partner, Lawrence M. Connor, MSW (the Visiting Professorship). "We wish the Society conviviality, toast you at the dinners and regret our own absence from the program, since we, too, share a vivid penchant for dialectical challenge. We wish you an exciting journey through your many disciplines and hope that your scholarship will be impactful in improving children's lives."

-- Richard H. Morse, MD

Morse with Waisman students
Richard Morse, MD, ('67) left, with former Waisman Center director Marsha Mailick, PhD,
postdoctoral students, faculty and investigators.