It is with great sadness to report the passing of Dr. Morris Battles, one of the founding LIONS members of the Ohio LIONS Eye Research Foundation. The Ohio LIONS Eye Research Foundation honored Dr. Battles at the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the foundation at the state convention in 2002. I knew Dr. Battles since 1982, when I started work at Children’s Hospital and when he had just stepped down as Department Chief in 1981. A wonderful person and LIONS member, Dr. Battles was loved by his many patients and served as a role model for all of us in how to lead and live a productive and happy life. Below is the obituary from the Columbus Dispatch, including visiting hours. – Lion Larry Leguire
BATTLES Morris Lyle Battles, age 89, died Monday, August 30, 2004 at Westminster Thurber. He was born August 24, 1915 in Chesterland, Ohio, the son of Lyle H. and Belle (Burton) Battles. A 1933 graduate of Chester High School and a graduate of The Ohio State University, receiving his BA in 1938 and MD in 1941. At OSU a resident of the Buckeye Club (now Stadium Scholarship Dorms 1934-1936) and received Outstanding Alumni Award in 1988. A member of the Marching Band (TBDBTL) from 1934 – 1936, playing in the first Script Ohio; Kappa Kappa Psi Music Fraternity; Phi Chi Medical Fraternity; lifetime member of OSU Alumni Association and received it’s Citizenship Award in 1990. He served his internship at Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland in 1941 and 1942. He then went on to serve as a Flight Surgeon, Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946; stationed in Tunis, the Persian Gulf and Casablanca with the North African Air Transport Command from 1944 to 1945 having the rank of Major. An Opthalmology resident I.O.P.H., Columbia University Medical Center, NYC from 1946 to 1949, Diplomate American Board Ophthalmology in 1950. He went into private practice in Ophthalmology from 1949 to 1983 and became the first Pediatric Opthalmologist in Ohio in 1959. Chief of Ophthalmology Service at Children’s Hospital 1953 to 1981 and Chairman of general staff there in 1961 and 1962. A member of Senior Attending Staff of Grant Hospital from 1948 to 1983; Clinical Professor OSU College of Medicine, 1949 to 1983; Professor Emeritus in 1983. In addition to numerous local, state and national associations was a longtime member of Downtown Lion’s Sightsaving Committee, was the first chairman of Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation, Advisor to Delta gamma Alumnae Visual Screening Project and the Ohio Department of Special Education. In 1983, he was honored by Ohio State’s Department of Ophthalmology in naming it’s outstanding teacher award, the Makely-Battles Award. He was a member of the Faculty Club, Columbus Maennerchor, SAR and First Families of Ohio. He was a founding member of the Lederhosen Five, a little German Band which entertained many for 32 years. In 1969 he served a three month assignment aboard the hospital ship HOPE in Tunis, Tunisia. A long standing member of the First Congregational Church. He is preceded in death by his wife June. He is survived by his daughter, Susan (Franklin) Brown; son, Jim; granddaughter, Lisa (Scott) Cravens-Brown; grandson, Jacob Luther Adler; great grandchildren, Alden and Ethan. The family will receive friends Thursday from 2 – 4 and 6 – 8p.m. at the SCHOEDINGER STATE ST. CHAPEL, 229. E. State St. The funeral service will be held 11a.m. Friday, September 3, 2004 at the First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., where the family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service. Pastor Ronald Botts officiating. In lieu of flowers, family suggest those who wish to contribute to OSU Development Fund, 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43210; Children’s Hospital Foundation, 700 Childrens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205 or Westminister-Thurber Life Care Fund, 717 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in his memory.