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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.


  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.