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KNOXVILLE – Henry F. Morse, a principal in planning the rapid expansion of the University of Tennessee campus in the 1960s, has died.

Morse came to UT in 1964 as director of campus planning from the Tennessee State Planning Office. He was named Planner of the Year in 1981 by the local chapter of the American Institute of Planners.

UT President Joe Johnson said the impact of Morse’s work is visible in the western part of UT’s main campus. He also had responsibility for planning at the university’s other campuses across the state.

In 1985, the UT Board of Trustees designated an area near the Student Aquatic Center as the “Henry F. Morse Recreational Area.”

“Working with Andy Holt and Ed Boling, Henry helped bring the Presidential complex, Fraternity Row and Student Aquatic Center to completion,” Johnson said. “His great knowledge in planning and his outgoing personality contributed greatly to the rapid expansion of the campus in the 1960s and 70s.

“The university has lost one of its most loyal friends, and we express our deepest sympathy to Norma and the rest of his family.”

In addition to his wife, Norma McMurrain Morse, he is survived by a brother and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Morse will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the UT Freshman Scholarship Fund through the UT Development Office, 605 Andy Holt Ave, Knoxville, TN. 37996.

Highland Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.