John A. Morrow, June 1918

John Albert Morrow (January 22, 1883 – February 8, 1949)[1] was a teaching fellow at the University of Virginia who sang in the Virginia Glee Club[2] and who composed the official alma mater of the University, "Virginia, Hail, All Hail."

Morrow took his undergraduate degree at Emory and Henry and enrolled in the University around 1916; he was listed in the University of Virginia Record as being a masters student in mathematics, philosophy, and physics in April 1917.[3] While at Virginia, he was a member of the Washington Literary Society and Delta Sigma Rho.[4]

He performed solos in the University of Virginia Chapel Choir[5] under the direction of Alfred Lawrence Hall-Quest and others in 1916 and 1917[6]. He also played piano[7] and participated in missions on behalf of the YMCA to other parts of Virginia.[8]

Morrow applied to be sent to France during World War I as part of the YMCA with the Allied Expeditionary Forces, as documented in the Holsinger archives.[9][1]

By 1921 he had received his MA and was a chemistry teaching fellow in the Engineering department.[10] In 1923, Morrow's 1921 composition "Virginia, Hail, All Hail" won a contest as the best student alma mater song;[11] it remains the alma mater of the University to this day, though it is infrequently performed outside Glee Club concerts.

By 1925, when he was a summer session instructor in mathematics, he was affiliated with New York University.[12] He ultimately received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida, and taught chemistry at Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tennesee.

External links[edit source]

This article has more context at Jarrett House North, the blog of the historian of the Virginia Glee Club Alumni and Friends Association.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "William R. Frizzell AIA Biography" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  2. Corks and Curls. 34. 1921. p. 137. 
  3. University of Virginia Record. 1917.;;toc.depth=1;;brand=default;query=morrow#1. 
  4. Corks and Curls. 30. 1917. pp. 374, 384. 
  5. "Chapel Notice". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1916-10-14. 
  6. "Morrow's Solo Pleases". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1917-03-03. 
  7. "Virginia Union Smoker". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1917-02-03. 
  8. "Clifton Forge Deputation Meets with Marked Success". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1917-01-06. 
  9. "J.A. Morrow". 1918-06-13. 
  10. University of Virginia Record. 1921.;;toc.depth=1;;brand=default;query=morrow#1. 
  11. Dabney, Virginius (1981). Mr. Jefferson's University: A History. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 114. ISBN 081390904X. 
  12. University of Virginia Record. 1925.;;toc.depth=1;;brand=default;query=morrow#1. 
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