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Velma Morrison

Velma V. Morrison was born is Tipton, California, August 1, 1920.She studied nursing at Kern County Hospital in Bakersfield, California.She married Harry Morrison and traveled with him to see the worldwide projects of Morrison Knudsen Company.Mrs. Morrison retired in December 1990, from the Board of Morrison Knudsen, Company, and the firm her late husband co-founded.Mrs Morrison is President of Harry W. Morrison Foundation, Inc.

Mrs. Morrison is Trustee of Sansum Medical Research Foundation, Santa Barbara, California, and also the Boise State University Foundation, Inc. Mrs. Morrison is a member of the Board of Trustees of Albertson College of Idaho in Caldwell.Mrs. Morrison is a member of the National Board of Directors of the American Council for the Arts.

Mrs. Morrison’s awards included Distinguished Citizen of Idaho 1974, Sansum Award from Sansum Medical Research Foundation.Honorary Doctor of Laws agreed from Pepperdine University in 1980, honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Gonazga University in 1989, Governors Award for Support of the Arts in 1984, the Silver Medallion Award from Boise State University in 1984 and also The Phil Harris Fellowship Award in 1982.Mrs. Morrison was inducted into the Morrison Center Hall of Fame in 1984.Mrs. Morrison was listed in the International Register of Profiles in 1982 and in the 11th edition of Who’s Who of American Women.

Mrs. Morrison is married to John Hockberger, a fruit rancher from Caldwell, Idaho. She is the mother of three children.Mrs. Morrison lives in Boise, Idaho and is a member of the First United Methodist Church.She also owns and operates the family ranch in Tipton, California.

Mrs. Morrison also has a home in Ranch Mirage Country Club.She is a Trustee of the Institute of Critical Care Medicine in Palm Springs, California and a member of the President’s Circle at the College of the Desert in Palm Springs.

by Dee Klenck



The Morrison Center is Idaho's most prestigious performance complex, nestled on the bank of the Boise River and part of Boise State University.