James Agrippa Morrill

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James Agrippa Morrill, a dedicated family man and longtime leader in government relations, died Apr. 22 at his home in McLean, Va. He was 76.

Jim's career spanned four decades in government relations working for Scott Paper Company and then Lincoln Financial Corporation. He was recognized as a leader in his professional community, serving as President of Carlton Club of the District of Columbia; Chair of the Bryce Harlow Foundation; and board member of the Business Government Relations Council. Upon retirement, he volunteered to give tours of the U.S. Capitol, reflecting his passion for his work.

Jim was completely dedicated to his family. He was a coach and Scout leader and always a supportive presence at his children and grandchildren's events. He was a shining example to his family of kindness, empathy and generosity of spirit – this will be his legacy.

He was born in Newburyport, Mass., on Dec. 7, 1946, and maintained a love for his hometown. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Tulane University and a master's of science in administration from George Washington University.

Jim is survived by his wife of 53 years, Penny; their children, Jackson, of McLean; and Julia of Brooklyn, NY; a brother; and six grandchildren.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the United States Capitol Historical Society, http://www.capitolhistory.org. A memorial service will be held at Saint John's Episcopal Church in McLean, Va. on Saturday, June 3.

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  1. Dear Penny and Family: Irmy and I were deeply saddened to learn today of Jim’s passing last weekend. In my 45 year career in public affairs (part of which was as Jim’s colleague at Scott Paper Company where he was Staff Vice President, Government Relations, and I was Vice President, Public Affairs), he stood out for his intellect, knowledge, demeanor and style. I met and worked with hundreds of public affairs and government relations executives in my career and Jim was among the very best. I have a photo of Jim and me with President Ford over my desk, reminding me daily of this good friend and treasured colleague. I am so grateful for the time I had with him. Our thoughts are with you and Jim. Best, Phil Webster

  2. Dear Penny, Jackson and Julia,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Jim was wonderful example for so many scouts in Troop 128. He led by example and modeled how to be a respected, empathetic and positive male role model. For myself and many scouts in the Troop and at Saint John’s church he was a difference maker with skill, humor and understanding. His impact will be felt for years to come. Peace and blessings…

  3. Dear Penny and family, this news is heartbreaking. I was drawn to Jim’s sparkle. He loved a good time, a good laugh, and his family. We shared many political conventions together, pronouncing ourselves nuts for staying up until 3 am with hundreds of others at the Phila Republican convention just to hear Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama. I told him about a special art exhibition made from bottle tops I had seen in Brooklyn and, curious as he was, went and wanted to talk about it and other exhibitions afterward. I am thinking about you with great empathy and love, Penny. Maxine Champion

  4. Jim Morrill was the cutest and happiest person. We met through B-GRC. He was always upbeat. He had enthusiasm for everyone and everything. He was always the bright light in the room. He never forgot anyone.

    To his family, I send my heartfelt sympathy. You have lost a shining star in your world. He was caring and giving. He made the world a better place. Would there only be more Jim Morrills in this world.


    Mary McAuliffe
    Formerly of Union Pacific Corporation and B-GRC

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