Thursday, May 30, 2013

News and Notes: Thursday Edition

Above, A Date in Cornell Basketball History, the 1984-1985 Media Guide with Ken Bantum (Cornell '85) on the cover. Bantum was the 1985 Ivy League Player of the Year and a 1985 NBA Draft selection of the New York Knicks. Below, news and notes for Thursday...

  • We are inching closer to The Cornell Basketball Prospect Camp which will run from June 22-23, 2013.  The Camp is one of the program's most significant recruiting weekends and in recent years yielded several new commitments. 
  • Jeff Foote (Cornell '10) is back home in Lockwood, New York after his season in Lithuania concluded.  Foote had a 1-year deal with his club Zalgiris.  Since his graduation from Cornell in 2010, Foote has attended training camps or played for five NBA teams, including the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Hornets and the Portland Trailblazers.
After a long battle with cancer, Lee Eugene Morton, Sr., of Shrewsbury, died on May 9 at 81.
A graduate of Cornell University's reknowned Hotel Administration program and a 1979 inductee of the university's Athletic Hall of Fame, Morton was known as a stand-out baseball and basketball player who co-captained a team that won the Eastern Intercollegiate Basketball League and the Ivy League basketball championships and was an MVP in basketball, according to
Morton was also a third-round choice for the NBA draft in the 1950s.
After college, Morton became a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force  and was a member of the Air National Guard.
After a 33-year career between the two military posts, he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He was a also an American Airlines pilot while serving in the National Guard.
Morton is predeceased by his son, Lee E. Morton Jr.
He is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Mary Morton; his daughters, Kathleen M. Morton of Memphis, TN, and Dana M. Emery, of San Francisco, CA; and his brothers, Dr. Phillip Morton, of Indianapolis, IN, and Paul Morton, of Ponte Vedra, lL; and his grandchildren, Michael and Marie Morton, of Indianapolis, IN, and Rob, Matt and Will Emery, of San Francisco, CA
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lee's memory may be made to the "Lee Morton '54 Ivy AMI Fund" at Cornell University. A celebration of Morton's life will be held at Rumson Country Club on May 18 at 11 a.m.
Above far left, Lee Morton (Cornell '54) with former Cornell head coach, Steve Donahue.  Below, a photo of Morton from the Cornell Daily SUn.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Lee was one of the best players I knew and in my opinion, one of the 5 best ever to play at Cornell.