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 years.
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.