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Pauly Morrison with her daughter Judy (L) and Jon (r) and the first scholarship recipient in back.

Photo courtesy of: University Advancement


Robert Morrison was an accomplished local painter.

Photo courtesy of: University Advancement

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The art of education: Giving to a regional campus

Aside from his wife and daughters, the late Robert Morrison, a Zanesville-based pediatrician, had two life-long passions: health care and artwork.

The two passions were united in 2007 when Morrison’s wife, Pauly, established a nursing scholarship in his name at the Ohio University Zanesville Campus. After establishing the fund, Pauly went a step further. To the delight of many in Zanesville, she agreed to have some of her husband’s paintings put up for an auction that would benefit the scholarship.

The “Art of Scholarship” event raised $30,000 and left original "Dr. Morrison" pieces in the hands of 20 art lovers within the Zanesville community, said Cindy Linn, assistant dean of development at the Zanesville Campus.

“The event was a great example of the nature of how gifts to regional campuses evolve,” said Linn. “These kinds of gifts often come from community members like Pauly rather than from alumni. They touch not only the Zanesville Campus, but the Zanesville community as well.”

When Pauly passed away in 2010, daughters Judy and Jon renamed the scholarship to include their mother, citing Pauly’s feelings of gratitude for the love and admiration the community showed for her husband. Another auction of Morrison’s remaining work in support of the scholarship is being planned for May, Linn said. 

“Thanks to the generosity of Robert and Pauly’s daughters, Judy and Jon, the Dr. Robert B. and Pauline J. Morrison Nursing Scholarship will benefit once again by this auction of his remaining work,” Linn said. The auction will take place Sunday, May 20 in the Elson Hall Auditorium on the Zanesville Campus at 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.zanesville.ohio.edu.

Born in Zanesville in 1920, Morrison returned to his hometown after medical school to practice as town’s first pediatrician. His interest in painting soon became a passion, later fueled by a surprise watercolor lesson by Burnesville, N.C., artist Lowell Smith, arranged by Pauly. Morrison’s work became well-known throughout Zanesville, eventually garnering him an invitation to display his work in the Zanesville Museum of Art.

“This named scholarship supports healthcare in the Zanesville community, acknowledges the great work of local nurses, rewards the Ohio University Zanesville Campus for its commitment to educating nurses, and shares Dr. Morrison’s artwork with his former patients and other community members,” Linn said.