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The WVSMA remembers our esteemed colleagues ...

John Blair Morton II

Dr. John Blair Morton II, 47, of Charleston passed away Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, at home after a long illness, surrounded by his loving family.

John was a physician, specializing in gastroenterology. He returned to Charleston with his family in 2007 and became a partner in Charleston Gastroenterology Associates.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer from 1987 to 1992.

John was a 1982 graduate of George Washington High School. He graduated with high honors from the University of Virginia in chemical engineering in 1986. In 1996, he graduated from the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

He completed a gastroenterology fellowship at Oschner Clinic Foundation, New Orleans, La.

He was an avid runner, enjoyed traveling, loved spending time with his children and really enjoyed life.

John was preceded in death by his father, William A. Morton Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Erma Morton of Charleston; son, John "Jack" Morton III, age 6; daughter, Margaret "Maggie" Elizabeth Morton, age 5; mother, Barbara O' Connor Morton of Charleston; sisters, Julia Anne Morton and Mary Leslie Morton of Charleston; and brother, William A. and his wife, Yvonne Fay Morton, of Whittier, Calif.

John leaves behind his loving family and caring friends.

As his final wish, his body was donated to the West Virginia University School of Medicine Human Gift Registry, Morgantown, to further medical research.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his children's college fund, Harford Smart 529 Plan, c/o Heritage Investment Group, 318 5th Ave., South Charleston, WV 25303, or First Presbyterian Church, 16 Leon Sullivan Way, Charleston, WV 25301.

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Title Annotation:Obituaries
Publication:West Virginia Medical Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U5WV
Date:Jan 1, 2012
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