Beloved, retired pediatrician Dr. Larry Morris died Tuesday, leaving behind a long legacy of healing in Gainesville.
Morris, 80, was one of the founding members of The Longstreet Clinic and a longtime pediatrician in Gainesville.
“I worked right beside him from 1978 until he retired,” said Dr. Everett Roseberry of Longstreet’s Center for Pediatrics. “I believe he retired in 2000, so for more than 20 years. He was just a man for all seasons.”
Roseberry said Morris had great principals, a great work ethic and an ever-positive attitude.
“To me, he lived the second chapter of Philippians, verses 3 and 4,” Roseberry said. “‘Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourself. Each should not only look to your own interests, but also the interests of others.’”
Dr. Buddy Langston, retired pediatrician, also worked with Morris at the clinic and earlier pediatric practices for decades. They began working together in the late ’60s with the Northeast Georgia Pediatric Group, which would later merge with Northeast Georgia OB/GYN and Gainesville OB/GYN to form the clinic.
“We had a wonderful time,” Langston said. “He was just a great person. He loved his patients, he loved his parents, he loved his practice and he loved his partners. He loved this community.”
Langston said Morris was very involved in the community, supporting his church, First Presbyterian Church of Gainesville, Challenged Child and Friends, the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Foundation and more.
He was the kind of person who lived in a place and made it better, Langston said.
“To Larry, medicine was more than a profession or a job — it was a calling,” Roseberry said. “He selflessly went on several medical mission trips to Slovenia for the care of the missionary families' children, to Russia to see the orphaned children and a trip to the Republic of Haiti.”
Though he had a sweet disposition, Langston said Morris was also highly competitive. He played tennis and loved the Braves and Georgia Tech basketball.
“He was an extraordinary person,” said Pam Patterson, Longstreet’s Center for Pediatrics administrator. “He was very loved. We see his kids that he treated come in here now with their grandkids.”
The clinic posted a photo of Morris on its Facebook page Tuesday saying, “A smart, meticulous physician who took exceptional care of his patients, it was his heart and compassion that set him apart and made the biggest difference.”
The photo has more than 400 likes, 190 shares and hundreds of comments praising his work as a pediatrician.
“It was a privilege and a blessing to be his partner,” Roseberry said. “His example challenged one to be a better doctor and person. He lives on in all he touched.”