Sir William Garth Morrison, former member of the World Scout Committee, passed away on 24 May 2013 after a brief period of illness. Garth was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 8 April 1943. He was Chief Scout of The Scout Association (United Kingdom) from 1988 to 1996, and served as a member of the World Scout Committee from 1992 to 2002. He was a Baden-Powell Fellow and was awarded the Bronze Wolf in 2004.
During his term of office as Chief Scout of the United Kingdom, Garth Morrison went out of his way to forge long-standing links with Scout Associations around the world. He provided support for disadvantaged associations and is always prepared to assist and encourage the development of Scouting.
As a member of the World Scout Committee, Garth demonstrated his commitment to Scouting, and his tenacity of purpose in seeing that all that he did was satisfactorily completed. He maintained an active and keen interest in every aspect of the Committee’s work, including the development of the Strategy for Scouting and the promotion of youth involvement in decision making, monitoring progress closely despite a very heavy work schedule in his other fields of endeavour. His passing away has brought sadness to World Scouting.
Wayne Bullpitt, the Chief Commissioner of The Scout Association (United Kingdom) said, “Garth was a truly lovely person, fine gentleman and great ambassador for Scouting. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Lady Gill and the rest of his family at this sad time”.