Robin and Jim Morris

January 19, 2014 

Robin and Jim Morris of Richland celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 6 at the Country Gentlemen Event Center in Kennewick.

They were married Dec. 7, 1963, in Alexander Memorial Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga.

They met while attending college at Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C., and married after they graduated. After working for two years in Waycross, Ga., they moved to Athens where they received graduate degrees from the University of Georgia.

In 1973, they moved to the Tri-Cities after Jim completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. He joined Battelle at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, where he worked for 40 years. He retired from Battelle as a senior research scientist on Oct. 1, 2013, and now enjoys emeritus status at Battelle.

Jim coached Little League baseball and then was president of Columbia Little League for several years. In 1989, he was selected as Columbia Little League's Outstanding Volunteer. He moved on to the Richland Babe Ruth League, where he served as president for three years. He later volunteered at Richland High during cross country and track meets, and ran the clock at state meets held in the Tri-Cities.

Robin started Twice and Thrice Mothers of Multiples Club after her twins were born in 1975. Later they started a Candlelighters chapter for parents who have children with cancer or who have lost children to cancer.

Robin was active in PTA at her children's schools. She returned to the classroom at Richland High School in 1986, after having previously taught in Georgia and California. In 2005 she retired from Richland High, where she taught English, speech and journalism, and advised the newspaper and the yearbook.

Since retirement, she has directed English as a Second Language and Citizenship programs.

They are members of West Side Church, where Jim teaches Sunday School and is in a book group. Robin is an officer in Sarah Circle; she also is a member of the Columbia River chapter of DAR.

Their children are Kirk and Laura of Highlands Ranch, Colo.; Eric and Stefanie of Clarksville, Tenn.; Paul and Tonia of Kent; and Bret and Suzanne of Richland. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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