Morton was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1938. He went to Paschal High School, where he played football and wore #72 like his father before him. After graduating magna cum laude from Paschal in 1956, Morton left Fort Worth to attend college at The University of Texas at Austin. While at UT, Morton was active in the a cappella choir, fraternity life, student government, intramural football and the Texas Cowboys. He also found time to become a licensed pilot. Morton graduated from college in 1961 after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Philosophy. In 2005, Morton was a recipient of The University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Beginning in 1961, Morton served as an active duty officer in the U.S. Army with an occupational specialty involving automatic data processing. Morton also served in the active reserves from 1963 through 1969.
Family & Tzedakah
Morton was blessed with three children – Leslie, David and Marti. Leslie and her husband, Rob, and Marti and her husband, Jamie, each have three children. Morton enjoys spending as much time as possible with his six grandchildren. Morton’s son, David, is deceased but his legacy is carried on by Morton, Marti, and Leslie, through the David Nathan Meyerson Foundation. Morton and his family firmly believe in the Jewish philosophy of “Tzedakah”—the Hebrew word for the just and righteous giving required of Jews, and they pursue Tzedakah projects through the Foundation. Morton devotes substantial time, effort and resources to the Foundation as the head of the board of trustees and is also an avid student of Judaism and Jewish history.
Morton’s musical interests were influenced by his mother during his early childhood, took shape during his formative years and college years with choral singing, and reached new heights when he chaired the committee overseeing the development of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center opened in September of 1989 (The Mort: Mort Meyerson Gets Recruited) and has been a crossroads of artistic excellence ever since. In 1996, Morton joined the Morris Beachy Singers and participated in three European tours and a concert held at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Morton also surrounds himself with incredible works of architecture – the flavor of which is undeniably eclectic. Morton’s home – known as “The Power House” – is a world of rich architecture where industrial style is uniquely preserved in a manner that somehow also exudes the warmth of a home.
Community Activity and Affiliations
Morton currently serves on the board of the Dallas Symphony Association. In prior years, Morton has been involved with a variety of organizations, including:
- Vice Chairman—The National Park Foundation
- Chairman—Dallas Symphony Association New Building Committee
- Chairman, Texas—National Research Laboratory Super Conducting Super Collider Project Commission
- Member—Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College
- Director—Japan Society USA
- Director—Dallas Museum of Art
- Director—Harry Ransom Center for Humanities Studies at The University of Texas at Austin
- Bass Singer—The Morris Beachy Singers and The Dallas Symphony Chorus
- New Additions to the FWISD Hall of Fame
- Meyerson Explains his Motivations for Giving
- The American Academy of Arts & Sciences Announces 2007 Class of Fellows
- Everything I Thought I Knew About Leadership is Wrong
- Maslow on Management
- Working with Emotional Intelligence
- Perot's Lieutenants
- Emotional Intelligence at Work
- Think About This...
- My So-Called Life
- Success to Me...
- Dallas History with Levi Davis
The Latest from Mort
In early March, I visited UT Austin’s Campus, where I spent 10 days teaching classes, meeting with students and faculty. I was highly impressed with the students I met. Their hard work and warm hearts were encouraging for me to experience and made me more optimistic about America’s future. Read on to understand what I […]