Donald Herbert Morrill
July 4th, 1920 – March 21st, 2006.
Last true believer of the American Revolution
Donald Herbert Morrill was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. Don grew up in the 1920s and ’30s in Lynn and Nova Scotia. He enlisted in World War Two and served in the US Air Force in India and Burma. At the end of the war, he returned to Massachusetts.
Don was a labour organizer as well as an early member of the Socialist Workers Party and the 4th International in the United States. When the McCarthy witch hunt began, Don like many other Union democrats was blacklisted, lost his job with General Electric, and was launched on an incredible series of events which eventually took him all over the world. He worked as an engineer for High Voltage Corp., a physicist at Harvard Graduate School, a ceramicist, an organic gardener, and as a well-known potter.
Don lived a full life. He lived consciously, and he remained a learner, a Trotskyite, and an activist all his days. Before settling down in British Columbia, Don lived in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Japan. He was a radical educator and influenced many of our younger generation.
In later years Don added author and poet to his impressive list of achievements, publishing his autobiography The Shoemaker’s Last in 2002, and Poems For Dogs and People in 2004.
Don leaves behind a legacy of friends, students, and comrades as well as family. Predeceased by his first wife, Sue, Don is survived by his three children: daughter Lori of Vancouver, sons Ben and Kai of Coldstream, and his wife Isao, close companion, love, and comrade of 37 years.
Please take this opportunity to plant something special in the garden to toast Don’s life as “the last true believer in the American Revolution.”
“There are many ways to cripple a people. Making them dependent upon goods is by far the least expensive for a major power. This strategy becomes an art
form, continually reformed.”