Mary Genevieve Forbes Morse, daughter of James Forbes and Mabel Savin, was born June 8, 1905 in New Rochelle, New York. Mrs. Morse earned her B.A from Polytechnic Institute, Ruston, Louisiana. She was a member of Sigma Delta (English Honorary Society) and is a past National President of Kappa Delta Sorority.
She married Frederick Tracy Morse in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 1, 1926. Dr. Morse was a Professor Emeritus in Engineering at the University of Virginia and authored several textbooks in his field. Mrs. Morse took seriously her role as faculty wife, contributing her varied managerial skills in her involvement in the UVA academic community. Dr. and Mrs. Morse had one child, Robert Frederick Morse. Mrs. Morse has two grandchildren, Ann and William, and two great-grandchildren, John and Edmond.
Mrs. Morse was a true Grande Dame of the hereditary societies. A quiet-spoken, gentle woman, she was an avid patriot, a renowned worker, (particularly in her chosen avocation of genealogy), and a true friend to her associates in many organizations. Mrs. Morse, though slowed physically by time, was avidly interested in her genealogical activities, and attended meetings in her local area in her 102nd year. She was an inspiration to all who know her.
Mrs. Morse also held membership in the British American Society and was past Curator General, and past National President of the National Officers Club. She was a member of Christ Church in Charlottesville, Virginia.