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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Isaac Morris  

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Genre: C:ADULT Fiction

Born: 1949 in Lake City, Iowa


Illinois Connection

Morris lived in Illinois most of his life. He lived in Jacksonville from 1956 to 1972, graduating from Our Saviour’s Grade School and Routt High School. He studied for one year at the Diocesan Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, Illinois College for a year and graduated from MacMurray College in 1972.

Biographical and Professional Information

Isaac "Marty" Morris received a Master’s Degree from Butler University in Cooperation with Christian Theological Seminary (CTS), Indianapolis, Indiana in 1974. He studied for a year in the Masters of Divinity Program, where he served as teaching assistant to the Church History Department at CTS.

In 2008, Marty retired from the State of Illinois after thirty years split between the Illinois Department of Insurance and the Illinois Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan. While at the Department of Insurance, he served two years as President of the National Association of HMO Regulators (NAHMOR).

Marty also taught as an adjunct instructor at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield for more than 30 years, and also taught classes for Richland Community College, the College of St. Francis, and the Illinois Humanities Council. After retiring from the state, he developed the online Philosophy courses for Lincoln Land and taught those courses until illness forced him to retire. In 2009, he was the recipient of the Outstanding Adjunct of the Year Award at Lincoln Land.

He was the author of two novels and also wrote book reviews and was a community blogger for the State Journal-Register addressing culture and books.

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