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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.


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

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "William R. Frizzell AIA Biography" (PDF). http://www.mcmo-swfl.com/bio/Frizzell-%20William%20R%20-%20Narrative.pdf. Retrieved 2013-09-16. 
  2. Corks and Curls. 34. 1921. p. 137. http://books.google.com/books?id=xqZVAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA137#v=onepage&q&f=false. 
  3. University of Virginia Record. 1917. http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=2005_Q2_2/uvaBook/tei/z000000248.xml;chunk.id=d74;toc.depth=1;toc.id=d7;brand=default;query=morrow#1. 
  4. Corks and Curls. 30. 1917. pp. 374, 384. http://books.google.com/books?id=G9pKAAAAYAAJ&dq=%22j.%20a.%20morrow%22%20virginia&as_brr=4&pg=PA384#v=onepage&q=%22j.%20a.%20morrow%22&f=false. 
  5. "Chapel Notice". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1916-10-14. http://books.google.com/books?id=PYI9AAAAYAAJ&dq=editions%3ALCCNsn96096506&client=safari&pg=PT19#v=snippet&q=morrow&f=false. 
  6. "Morrow's Solo Pleases". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1917-03-03. http://books.google.com/books?id=PYI9AAAAYAAJ&dq=editions%3ALCCNsn96096506&client=safari&pg=PT79#v=snippet&q=morrow&f=false. 
  7. "Virginia Union Smoker". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1917-02-03. http://books.google.com/books?id=PYI9AAAAYAAJ&dq=editions%3ALCCNsn96096506&client=safari&pg=PT66#v=snippet&q=morrow&f=false. 
  8. "Clifton Forge Deputation Meets with Marked Success". Madison Hall Notes: p. 1. 1917-01-06. http://books.google.com/books?id=PYI9AAAAYAAJ&dq=editions%3ALCCNsn96096506&client=safari&pg=PT54#v=snippet&q=morrow&f=false. 
  9. "J.A. Morrow". 1918-06-13. http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog/uva-lib:1049254. 
  10. University of Virginia Record. 1921. http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=2005_Q2_2/uvaBook/tei/z000000280.xml;chunk.id=d8;toc.depth=1;toc.id=d8;brand=default;query=morrow#1. 
  11. Dabney, Virginius (1981). Mr. Jefferson's University: A History. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press. p. 114. ISBN 081390904X. http://repo.lib.virginia.edu:18080/fedora/get/uva-lib:178665/uva-lib-bdef:105/getPageTurner?behav=getImageBrowse&page=uva-lib:178821. 
  12. University of Virginia Record. 1925. http://xtf.lib.virginia.edu/xtf/view?docId=2005_Q2_3/uvaBook/tei/z000000312.xml;chunk.id=d11;toc.depth=1;toc.id=d7;brand=default;query=morrow#1.