Justin Morris
Justin Morris

Justin Morris, a noted grape researcher at the University of Arkansas, died May 19, 2014, at age 77.

Morris served as director of the University of Arkansas Institute of Food Science and Engineering and was a distinguished professor in the food science department at the school prior to his retirement in 2009, according to the university’s website.

He was also executive vice president of Ozark Food Processors Association for more than 30 years and received numerous honors from horticulture and industry groups, including the Food Industry’s Forty-Niner’s Service National Award in 1998, the Pioneer Award of Missouri Grape and Wine Industry in 1998 and the American Wine Society Award of Merit in 1999.

Morris is survived by his wife of 58 years Ruby (Blackwood) Morris, two children, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A private graveside service is set for May 22.

A public memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 6 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Ark.

The family requests contributions in lieu of flowers be sent to the Ozark Food Processors Association-Justin R. Morris Scholarship c/o 2650 N. Young Ave., Fayetteville, Ark. 72704 or the Food Science Department Justin Morris Endowed Scholarship at Food Science Department, 2650 N. Young Ave., Fayetteville, Ark. 72704.