Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

IN MEMORIAM: Peter Morris (1937-2011)

Magazine article Journal of Film Preservation

IN MEMORIAM: Peter Morris (1937-2011)

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Peter Morris, who died on 2 February, was a well-known figure in the small world of FIAF in the 1960s. Head of the Canadian Film Archives in Ottawa - the first Canadian institution ever admitted to FIAF - Peter was a member of the Executive Committee from 1966 to 1969, and again in 1973 and 1974; from 1967 to 1968 he was FIAF's treasurer.

In the early 1 97Os, when the Canadian Film Archives ceased its activities and its collections became part of the newly created film section of the National Archives of Canada, Peter decided to take another road and started a long and very productive teaching career. First teaching at Queen's University in Kingston (Ontario), Peter joined Toronto's York University Faculty of Fine Arts in 1988 as a professor in the Department of Film, where he taught in the undergraduate and graduate programs until his retirement in 2002; from 1993 to 1996 he was chair of the Department. He also taught in York's Graduate Program in Communications & Culture.

Peter Morris was a passionate and dedicated teacher, something that was obvious when, in the 1 99Os, I had the pleasure of spending a full day with him on the occasion of a Film Seminar he had organized at York with his colleague Seth Feldman. …

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