In Memoriam: Remembering Grant Morrow, III, MD


(From the June 2019 Issue of MedStat 

Written by John A. Barnard, MD, chief of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's and president of the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital

I write with sadness to announce that Grant Morrow, III, MD, passed away this past May. During his 37-year career at Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Morrow played an instrumental role in leading our hospital to become the outstanding child health care organization it is today. 

Dr. Morrow joined Columbus Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine in September 1978 as chair of the Department of Pediatrics.  He was also medical director of what was then known as the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation. 

He recruited many of the senior faculty physicians now at Nationwide Children’s. He shepherded our hospital through a time when pediatric subspecialty care was in its defining early days and he led a rapid growth in pediatric subspecialty care on our campus.  The Wexner Institute for Pediatric Research was constructed during his tenure. “Patient care helps a child at a time,” Dr. Morrow stated in an interview published in 1992. “Research helps a generation at a time… Generating new knowledge is what it’s all about.”

Dr. Morrow was a neonatologist and an expert in amino acid metabolism.  He published more than 55 scholarly works in peer-reviewed journals, authored 10 book chapters, and lectured extensively.  

During his illustrious career, Dr. Morrow served many national organizations and held multiple leadership assignments – Chairman of the Pediatric Residence Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; Member of the Executive Committee of the American Board of Medical Subspecialists; Chairman of the American Board of Pediatrics and a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

Dr. Morrow retired in 2015.

He was passionately involved in philanthropy at Nationwide Children’s, both in engaging donors and in his own generous contributions. In late 2018, Dr. Morrow and his wife Ms. Cordelia Westwater-Robinson, designated a legacy gift to create the Janet Orrtung-Morrow, MD and Grant Morrow, III, MD Endowed Chair in Pediatric Behavioral Health.

He was a devoted family man. He loved golf and traveled extensively.  His international adventures included trekking in Nepal, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and hiking in the Patagonia.

Dr. Grant Morrow, III, will forever be remembered for his legacy of excellence, vision and commitment to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.