Alexander Harding Morton

BELCHERTOWN - After living a long and productive life, Alexander Harding Morton, 86, passed away on Feb. 16 at home.

Mr. Morton was the son of a Presbyterian minister, the late Rev. James Morton, and Emma Cundiff Morton. He was one of nine children.

Mr. Morton was a circulation assistant at the Robert Frost Library, Amherst College. During the 25 years there, he was made honorary member of 19 graduating classes, Glee Club, and Black Alumni Association, and participated in the organization of the ABC (A Better Chance) House. Mr. Morton touched the lives of many students, faculty and friends from all over the world. He was a generous, sincere, dedicated, no-nonsense man, who was beloved by many. A memorial service celebrating his life is being planned for the latter part of May, during which time his over 200 rhododendron plantings will be in full bloom. He would, most certainly, want to share his gardening efforts, over 30 years' worth, with his many friends - truly a celebration of his productive life.

Mr. Morton is survived by two sisters; Cora Lee Massey of High Point, N.C., and Annie V. Davis of Salisbury, N.C., and several nieces and nephews. His longtime friend and associate of 57 years, Robert Follette, was with him when he passed. At Mr. Morton's cremation request, he had indicated no viewing or funeral. A private graveside service will take place. Thus, a public celebration of his life is expected to take place in May. The exact date will be announced later. Douglass Funeral Service, Amherst has been entrusted with arrangements. Obituary and register are available at