G. Morris Gurley, Esq.

The Memorial Service for G. Morris Gurley, Esq., President of the Council of Churches of the City of New York, will be Saturday, June 15, 2024, 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, 263 W 86th Street at West End Avenue, Manhattan. For additional information, contact the pastor, Rev. K. Karpen, at the church, 212-362-3179. Please let others whom you think would want to know this information.

Morris Gurley was a graduate of Duke University and Harvard Law School. He was in the banking and investment field in New York City with Chemical/Chase Bank from 1962 to 1987. He specialized in the field of Trusts and Estates and headed the Personal Trust Department at the time of his retirement in 1987.
In 1985, he co-founded the National Center for Victims of Crime which works to aid and to protect the rights of victims of violent crime. He has been involved in the passage of major legislation such as the Son-of-Sam Law and the Anti-Stalking Laws. Under his leadership, this coalition grew to include not only victims groups and agencies, but also city government, law enforcement, the religious community, and labor unions.

From 1984-2000, he was Chairman of the Distribution Committee of the Annie Laurie Aitken Charitable Trust which supported many of the major institutions in New York City. In 1986, he co-founded the Brain Trauma Foundation/Institute of Neurosciences which specializes in the field of neurological research and treatment.

He served on numerous Boards of Directors including the Metropolitan Opera, the Roosevelt Institute, and the Lay Advisory Board of the New York Board of Rabbis. He was involved in the formation of the Commission of Religious Leaders of the City of New York in 1999. A United Methodist, he was active in the New York Annual Conference serving on the Board of Trustees, the Bishop's Fund and other committees.

For further information, contact Rev. Dr. Bill Shillady, CCCNY Treasurer, at BillShillady@gmail.com.


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