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We caught up with our very own Thomas Morris '73 and had the chance to ask him about his Phi Phi Club experience, and where life since Penn has taken him. Here's what he had to say:

Since graduation from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973, I worked for the University as a research technician for 2 years. I then entered Boston University Graduate School at the Division of Medical and Dental Sciences at the School of Medicine as a graduate student in physiology. There I met my wife, Andrea, who worked for my department chairman. We were married in 1976. In 1977 I entered the Boston University School of Medicine and graduated with an MD in 1981. In June 1981 I started my post-graduate medical education as an intern at what is now Boston Medical Center in Internal Medicine and finished my residency in 1984. Towards the end of my residency, I finished my Master’s Degree in Physiology also in 1984. At that point, I started my 2-year Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease at The Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School. I was certified as a Diplomate, in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease by the American Board Of Internal Medicine in 1985 and 1986 respectively. I went into solo self-employed private practice in 1986 in Brockton, Massachusetts in Pulmonary Disease and have been there ever since. Our son Robert was born the same year. I was involved in medical leadership with the Massachusetts Medical Society and served as District President of the Plymouth District Medical Society. I continue to serve as a Delegate. I achieved Fellowship in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. In 1990 I joined the Duxbury Rotary Club and became a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1999 I became a Freemason and have been active in this fraternity ever since. I served as Master of Corner Stone Lodge in Duxbury, Massachusetts 2004-2005 and more recently as District Deputy Grand Master for the 18th Masonic District 2019-2020. I received a Direct Commission as a Lieutenant Commander in the Medical Corps, United States Navy as a Reserve Officer because I wanted to assist in fighting the War on Terror. In 2010 I was promoted to Commander and deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for 6 months of active duty taking care of casualties from downrange in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, and Africa. On return from active duty, I returned to self-employed solo private practice in 2011 and was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2019 at age 68 by statute. I am now working part-time in my self-employed private practice of Pulmonary Disease where I still enjoy taking care of patients. 

The most important lesson I learned is the value of teamwork at Alpha Chi Rho. The moments I remember most are those of fellowship and good times in a home amidst the much larger University of Pennsylvania community.

Best Regards,

T. A. Morris, M.D. Thomas A. Morris, M.D. 

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