I gave Bob his 30-year coin at the Alcoholics Anonymous Upon Awakening meeting on December 6, 2014. Where else but AA would you find a Navy veteran giving a Marine veteran a sobriety coin? Where else would you find an enlisted man giving an officer a coin? It was an honor I shall always remember.
On November 5, 2015, at the age of 77, Robert (Bob) Moreton Morse Sr., of Prescott, Arizona, passed away surrounded by his beloved family. He was a highly-regarded member of the recovery community in Prescott and will be greatly missed by many.
Bob was cofounder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Chapter 5, a long-term, affordable drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Prescott that he and his wife, Karen, started in 2003. Co-addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol, he started his recovery journey in 1983 and was in his 31st year of continuous sobriety when he died.
Bob graduated from the University of Southern California in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. He completed postgraduate work at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of New York and at the time of his death, was working toward a master’s degree in addiction counseling.
Bob served as a captain in the US Marine Corps and was a Vietnam-era veteran. He began his 50-year career in the power plant construction industry in 1956. He was the Manager of International Power Operations at The Bechtel Group from 1956 to 1984. From 1984 through 1992, he served as President and Director of EBASCO Services International. He was an executive consultant for Hill International through his business, Robert Morse Associates, from 1992 through 2012.
A memorial service was held on November 8, 2015, in Prescott. Memorial donations may be sent to the Robert M. Morse Sr. Endowment at the Chapter 5 Business Office, 726 W. Gurley Street, Prescott, Arizona 86305. This endowment will be used to grant scholarships to those in need of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction.