Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship

The Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship was endowed in 2015 through generous donations from Dr. Morey’s colleagues, friends, and family. The Philip R. Morey Memorial Scholarship fund is designed for undergraduate and graduate students that are studying a curriculum involving indoor air quality science and technology, or students who are conducting research in the indoor air quality field.

Introducing Dr. Morey

Dr. Philip R. Morey was one of the founders of the field of indoor air quality (IAQ), and he was recognized as a leader in the microbiological area of expertise. Personally, he always had a kind word to say to everyone, and all who spoke with him felt that they had learned something from his well chosen and considerate words. His gentle wisdom was a source of inspiration to many.   His work was always well researched and meticulous in details, and he took part freely and capably in numerous collaborative projects with his colleagues. It can be said that Dr. Morey rose above the crowd by his eloquence in speaking, his extensive knowledge on the subject at hand, and his remarkable means of conveying his point with a characteristic poignancy, always respectful of his peers.

Dr. Morey held a BS in Biology from the University of Dayton, a MS and a Ph.D. in Biology from Yale University. He was certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene (American Board of Industrial Hygiene). Philip had more than thirty years of work experience as an indoor air quality scientist providing expert analysis on microbial investigations and bio-contamination control. He was a frequent presenter to professional conferences, and he co-authored more than 200 publications. Philip held positions at Harvard University, Texas Tech University, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Clayton Environmental Consultants and retired from Environ where he was Director of Microbiology. Dr. Morey was the author of "How Trees Grow" and "Biological Contamination in Indoor Environments." Dr. Morey was elected to the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences for his distinguished service and significant contributions toward protecting the health and safety of people in the workplace and the community.

Dr. Morey was a member of several professional societies: Sigma Xi, American Industrial Hygiene Association, The International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences, International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate as a founding member, the American Society of Testing and Materials, and the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Dr. Morey’s body of work made an enduring contribution to public health. His analysis on climate change and potential effects on microbial air quality in the built environment contributed to efforts by both the US. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Academy of Sciences and was cited by the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine in their report Climate Change, the Indoor Environment, and Health. Dr. Morey generously provided technical reviews and important contributions to EPA guidance and materials on IAQ topics for decades.

Dr. Morey was a giant in the indoor air quality field, and a frequent AIHce presenter. He was recognized as an AIHA Fellow in the 1990’s. In 2014, AIHA awarded Dr. Morey the Edward J. Baier Award for a lifetime of technical achievements including numerous publications, technical papers, presentations and participation in technical committees, including the AIHA IEQ Committee for many years.
He has been honored by many other professional organizations including the inaugural IAQ Hall of Fame in 2014 by IAQA for his years of dedicated service to the industrial hygiene profession, especially to the IAQ aspect of the profession.

Dr. Morey continued to be active in the indoor air quality field until his passing in August, 2015. His former colleagues fondly remember him as having had a generous spirit, a passion for a superlative quality of work, and a humble but proud demeanor. Dr. Morey lived in Gettysburg, PA with his beloved wife, Elsie.