In Memory of




Obituary for Dolores O. Morris

Dolores Orinskia Morris, beloved daughter of the late Joseph Morris and Gertrude Stokes Elliot, died on May 21, 2022 in New York City. Dr. Morris had a long and esteemed career as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Yeshiva University and a certificate from the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, where she became a member of the faculty and a clinical consultant. She also earned a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) at Morgan State University and completed coursework in experimental psychology at Tufts University. While at Morgan State University, Dr. Morris joined the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was highly regarded for her excellence as a teacher, and as a mentor to psychoanalysts in training. Dr. Morris had an abiding interest in the maintenance of professional standards and a deep commitment to matters of diversity and social justice. She focused especially on how the interface of culture, ethnicity, and class in clinical and institutional settings shape one’s identity. She served on many professional boards and committees nationwide, including Black Psychoanalysts Speak. A prolific writer, she authored or contributed to a myriad of publications and presented in professional venues. Highly regarded for her intellect, Dr. Morris was astute, sensitive, and warm in her clinical and personal relationships. She also had a distinctive personal style. She expressed her creativity through her love of gardening, writing poetry, and support of the arts in her spare time. She was lovely, she was a pleasure to be with, and she will be greatly missed.

Dr. Morris is survived by a sister, Gertrude Elliot Nichols. Gifts in her memory may be made to the American Psychological Foundation-Dolores O. Morris Fund. A memorial meeting will be held at a later date.