John M. Morton
Posted April 09, 2010
2010 Outstanding Alumni
Dr. John M. Morton, '69
Dr. John M. Morton, '69, has served the community of Athens,
Texas as a large and small animal practitioner since 1972.
He is the president-elect of the Texas Veterinary Medical
Association (TVMA), and has served in a variety of other roles.
Some of Morton's accomplishments include being elected as chairman
of the Board of Directors of the TVMA as well as serving on the
board and the executive council. He is a member of the American
Veterinary Dental Society and was named a Mark Francis Fellow by
the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences in 2006.
His service to his community extends beyond veterinary medicine.
He volunteers on the Henderson County Fair Board, serving as both a
member and president. He was president of the County Extension
Service's equine subcommittee and has been a member of the Athens
Public School's Renaissance Leadership Committee for the past ten
During the last 15 years, he has been an integral part of
Methodist Men's, an ancillary group of the First United Methodist
Church. This group provides monetary and labor support for the less
fortunate people in the community. As an active member and past
president, his leadership has helped grow the group from an active
membership of 10 to 50 men and has expanded to include men of
various denominations who were willing to "get involved".
Dr. Morton and his wife have been strong supporters of the
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences through
their donations to the Gentle Doctor Benefit Auction each year and
have helped to provide scholarship funds through their work with
the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation and Texas Group One.
Dr. Morton was raised in Eustace, Texas, with five brothers and
two sisters. He and his wife, Ginger, have been married for 40
years and have four children, including a son, James, who graduated
from the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
in 2008. In his spare time, Dr. Morton enjoys ranching, gardening,
canning vegetables and supporting Texas A&M sports.
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