James Alexander Morton, III

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James Alexander Morton, III

April 25, 1940 ~ September 15, 2014 (age 74)


GREENSBORO – Jim Morton died Monday, September 15, 2014, at Beacon Place after a lengthy illness. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Dr. James A. Morton and Elizabeth Wallace Morton on April 25, 1940. He was educated at Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; Northwestern University, where he graduated with highest honors from the mechanical engineering program; and The University of Michigan graduate school of business where he also graduated with honors.

Jim worked at Ford Motor Company as a co-op student as an undergraduate and went on to work for Ford in both car and light truck product planning. In 1986 he moved the family to Greensboro, where he was owner of Factory Automators, an engineering firm that specialized in process control solutions.

Cars were Jim’s special passion: race cars, sports cars, sexy Italian cars and especially beautiful Jaguar cars. He held many offices with the Carolina Jaguar Club and eventually became President of Jaguar Clubs of North America. His other activities included membership in the YBM Club where he served as “the best secretary ever”. Jim loved tutoring math at Sumner Elementary School and he hated to have to give this up when he became ill. Jim loved solving problems, studying history, and traveling all over the world to explore new things and meet new people.  He truly loved his many friends and always wanted to be there to help them.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Melinda (Mimi) Stein Morton; two sons, James Morton and his wife, Tracy, of Alpharetta, GA, and Peter Morton and his wife, Jennifer, of Milford, MI, and a daughter, Ann Eliza Carpenter, (Todd) of Menlo Park, CA; four grandchildren: Cameron Elizabeth, Samantha Grace, Austin Cameron and Hayley Elizabeth; as well as 4 siblings and two step brothers.

A private celebration of Jim’s life will be held for family and close friends at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Peter Ennever, Dr. Sarah Squire, everyone at the Regional Cancer Center and the very caring staff at Beacon Place for their support and comfort.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made be made to Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Hospice of Greensboro, or Beacon Place.


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