Technic remembers Dr. Ronald James Morrissey (1934-2024)
It is with profound sadness that Technic announces the passing of Dr. Ronald James Morrissey on January 3, 2024, at the age of 89. Dr. Morrissey was not only a distinguished scientist but also a devoted husband, father of four, and an accomplished photographer.
Born on September 25, 1934, in Staten Island, New York, Dr. Morrissey's academic journey began at the Augustinian Academy High School. He later earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from Saint Peter’s University in 1956, followed by a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Fordham University in 1961. His doctoral thesis, "The Reaction of Ozone with Propane and Ethane," underscored his dedication to advancing scientific knowledge.
After completing his graduate studies, Dr. Morrissey served in the Army, stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona. He excelled in the field of cryptography, achieving the rank of Captain in Army Intelligence and Security. His service not only contributed to his professional growth but also instilled in him a profound appreciation for the beauty of American landscapes.
Upon returning to Staten Island, Dr. Morrissey married Elizabeth Ann Schwimer in 1965, and they moved to Harrisburg, PA. There, he commenced his career at AMP Incorporated, specializing in electrical connectors. The family expanded to include three boys born in Pennsylvania and a daughter born in Rhode Island after their move in 1974.
Dr. Morrissey's impactful career at Technic Incorporated spanned several decades, during which he made significant contributions to the development of chemicals and processes for electroplating metals. His legacy includes numerous U.S. patents and academic papers, with notable works such as "A Versatile Non-cyanide Gold Plating System" and "Electrolytic Determination of Porosity in Gold Electroplates: I. Corrosion Potential Measurements."
Beyond his professional achievements, Dr. Morrissey had a lifelong passion for photography. His eclectic collection of film cameras and thousands of captured images reflect his love for the art. He passed down this enthusiasm to his children and grandchildren, fostering a shared appreciation for the beauty of the world through the lens.
Retiring as Vice President from Technic at the age of 86 in 2021, Dr. Morrissey continued to explore his love for photography and travel. He ventured throughout New England, attended summer conferences in New Hampshire, and embarked on memorable road trips to national parks in Wyoming and Maine.
Dr. Ronald James Morrissey leaves behind a lasting legacy of dedication, passion, and creativity. His absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege of working with him at Technic. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Elizabeth; four children: Ronald, Patrick, James, and Maria; and four grandchildren: Emily, Ellie, Rachael, and Grady.
Services for Dr. Ronald James Morrissey
Relatives and friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street, Providence, Saturday, January 13, at 10 am. Burial will follow at the St. Ann Cemetery, Cranston. A visitation for Mr. Morrissey will take place Friday, January 12, from 4 pm until 7 pm in the Woodlawn Funeral Home, 600 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston.
In place of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the chemistry departments of Saint Peter’s University and Fordham University.