I.d. Morrison, Pioneer Zionist Leader, Dies at 67
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I.d. Morrison, Pioneer Zionist Leader, Dies at 67

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Isidore D. Morrison, retired lawyer, philanthropist and one of the early leaders of the Zionist movement in America, died early this morning at his home at the age of 67. He had been suffering from a heart ailment. Rabbi Israel Goldstein, president of the Jewish National Fund, will officiate at funeral services at Congregation B’nai Jeshurun on Tuesday morning.

Since 1889 — three years after immigrating to New York from Poland — Mr. Morrison had been identified with the leadership of the Zionist movement. He was honorary secretary of the Federation of American Zionists (now Zionist Organization of America) from 1889 to 1904, and more recently has held other positions in Zionist groups, including the posts of chairman of the United Palestine Appeal’s committee on budget and organization and member of the J.N.F. advisory council.

Mr. Morrison donated the Ophthalmic Institute of the Hebrew University. He was also identified with the Jewish Theological Seminary, of whose board of directors he was a member, and the American Jewish Committee. He was a member of the American Committee for Hebrew University and of the Jerusalem Center Committee of the United Synagogue of America.

A graduate of New York Law School, he was admitted to the bar in 1896 and was senior member of the firm Morrison & Schiff, formed in 1905. He retired from practice in 1931. He married Esther Levy in 1913.

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