Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, January 4, 2002

Morse was a star at UH

Tony Morse / 1915-2001


By Dave Reardon

Tony Morse, an outstanding three-sport athlete at the University of Hawaii, died Saturday at The Queen's Medical Center of heart problems.

Morse, 86, played football and basketball and threw the discus. He was inducted into the UH Sports Circle of Honor in 1987.

"I was always amazed by his performances," said Clay Benham, who saw Morse play many times.

Morse played at UH after an outstanding high school career at McKinley.

"He was a hard-running fullback with pretty good size," said Ben Wood, another longtime Hawaii football observer. "After a career as one of the best backs of his period, he became a respected football official."

Morse was also a golf course superintendent for the City and County of Honolulu at the Ala Wai, Pali and Kahuku golf courses.

"He really enjoyed golf and he was a good cook," said his wife of 63 years, Bea.

Morse is also survived by sons Michael and Stephen, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great-great-granchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Nuuanu Mortuary. There will be a private burial service Thursday at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Attire is casual.

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Ka Leo O Hawaii

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