Both RICHARD F. MORTON and KATHLEEN C. MORTON have had a long association with Johns Hopkins.
In 1953, Hopkins obstetrician Nicholson J. Eastman invited Richard Morton, sight unseen, to become an intern in OB/GYN. Leaving his bride in England, he spent a year at Hopkins, an experience that left an indelible mark and for which he was most grateful.
Kathleen Morton, a pediatrician, soon joined her husband in America. She served on the Hopkins faculty from 1971 to 1977, becoming the first woman named a dean in the School of Medicine.
When the couple decided to make a gift, genetics--outstanding at Johns Hopkins--was a natural choice because it linked their two disciplines. Dr. Richard Morton died in 2004.