Mrs. Morrison, 89, died on July 10, 2017, at her home in Falmouth, Maine.


A celebration of life for Josephine Rogers Morrison was held Sept. 30 at Kendal of Lexington.

Mrs. Morrison, 89, died on July 10, 2017, at her home in Falmouth, Maine.

Born in New Orleans, La., to John Dalrymple Rogers and the former Josephine Barkley Witherspoon, she spent her childhood in London, England. While her parents remained in London through the Blitz and returned to the U.S. in 1942, she and her brother, Minor, were sent to live with family members in New Orleans and Lexington after the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940.

When the war ended, she returned to the UK and studied at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. After graduating in 1949, she embarked on a career as a literary agent.

In 1952, she headed to New York City, where she landed a position as junior editor at the literary agency Ty Crowell. Representing authors in fiction, cookery and children’s literature, she eventually became vice president of the literary agency Collins Knowlton Wing, a division of Curtis Brown, Ltd.

In 1975, she retired and married Alexander H. Morrison, founder of the economics department at Virginia Military Institute, her father’s hometown. She lived with Alex at "The Old Mill" in Buena Vista until his death in 2012 at the age of 96.

In Lexington, Mrs. Morrison led voter registration drives and served as an election officer. She also helped lead the annual fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society and taught knitting and sewing classes for incarcerated women. She advocated for and provided financial support to numerous local and global environmental, social justice and animal rights groups.

In 2015, she moved to Falmouth, Maine, to be close to her family.

Memorial donations may be made to the Rockbridge SPCA or to Habitat for Humanity.


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