Another 1st for RPCV Morris Baker (Ethiopia)

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Dr. Morris Baker  (Ethiopia 1966-68)

McMurry University, in Abilene TX, is in the midst of celebrating its 100th anniversary. A 1963 graduate of the then McMurry College, Morris Baker (Ethiopia 1966-68) enrolled there in 1959. He was the first African American student to enroll and the first to earn an undergraduate degree at that institution. As a result of that event, in October he will be recognized as one of the McMurry 100.  One-hundread alumni who brought a moment of historical significance to the university.

As the first African American to graduate from McMurry he was a PCV in Ethiopia and then worked in for the agency before returning to his alma mater as a professor of psychology and taught from 1983 to 1994. Dr. Baker was also named a Distinguished Alumni 1987. He currently serves on the McMurry Board of Visitors.

McMurry was founded in 1923 as a Methodist institution affiliated with what is now The United Methodist Church.

Morris at work in Ethiopia


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  • Morris Baker!

    So glad to hear you’re being honored–you deserve it!! I hope you’re well and thriving and enjoying life.

    All my very best,
    Monica Mills

  • Congratulations Morris, what a proud and well deserved honor.
    Peace and Love,
    Ginny and Lynn McCanse

  • Congratulations, Morris! What amazing and well-deserved honor.

    Wishing you continued blessings,

    Lydia and Reg Cole

  • Gosh Morris, I’m glad I can say I knew you when. Working for you was a pleasure as you allowed me to do what I do best “ encourage people to apply to Peace Corps as a step on their career path”.
    Enjoy your day.
    Kathy Carson

  • Congradulations Morris!!!
    What an honor. You deserve it
    God Bless .
    Gregory & Constance .

  • You are our TRAILBLAZER!
    So proud of you and all you do!!!
    Please provide the details of the ceremony in the event we can be in attendance…

  • Wow this is quite a significant accomplishment. Of all disciplines history is the one most capable to reward the researcher of his or her research. You are now being rewarded.

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