HOUSTON (Feb. 23, 2004) - Stewart Morris Sr., chairman of Stewart Information International, has been given the George Washington Distinguished Service Award by the Paul Carrington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
The prestigious award is given each year to a person who has manifested the highest quality of public and private life as exemplified by George Washington, the Father of our Country and our first president. Past recipients of the George Washington Distinguished Service Award since 1944 include mayors, judges, civic and business leaders who have served the Houston community - a veritable "who's-who" list of dignitaries.
The award was presented on Feb. 21 at the George Washington birthday celebration dinner at Houston's River Oaks Country Club.
"The Paul Carrington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution is honored to present our Distinguished Service Award to such an outstanding civic and community leader as Mr. Morris," said Robert Young, president, Paul Carrington Chapter of SAR.
A special presentation at the dinner commemorated the $50,000 that George Washington gave in 1796 to Liberty Hall Academy, the predecessor of Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va. The gift had saved the struggling Academy, and was gladly reciprocated in 1998 as Washington & Lee alumni and friends gifted Mount Vernon, Washington's beloved home, with the same amount. Morris continued the act of gratitude during the Saturday evening dinner by presenting $50,000 to Dr. Thomas G. Burish, president of Washington and Lee, as a symbolic return on George Washington's investment.
Morris has served more than 70 years with the Stewart organization, rising to its president and co-chief executive officer of, the position from which he retired in 2000. He remains active as chairman of Stewart International, traveling across the globe to help countries achieve security of land and home ownership.
Morris has shown the same long-term commitment to serving his country, community, family and church. Among his many accolades is the Houston Baptist University Spirit of Excellence Award. His leadership has touched organizations such as Oldham Little Church Foundation, Star of Hope Mission, Houston Baptist University, Harris County Heritage Society, Galveston Historical Foundation, Fort Bend County War on Drugs, Carriage Association of America and Second Baptist Church. He is the current chairman of the Carriage Museum of America.
He also serves as an advisory director to Stewart Information Services Corp., as chairman of the executive committee of Stewart Title Co. and as senior chairman of the board of Southern National Bank. He was inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame in 1995.
Stewart International and Stewart Title Co. are wholly owned subsidiaries of Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC), a technology driven, strategically competitive, global real estate information company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services through more than 7,200 issuing locations in the United States and several international markets. Stewart meets the needs of the real estate and mortgage industries through the delivery of information services required for settlement using e-commerce. These services include title reports, flood determinations, document preparation, property reports and background checks. Stewart also supplies post-closing services to lenders, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping and GIS for governmental entities. Stewart provides expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information about Stewart can be found at www.stewart.com.