Filmmaker Warren Beatty and Mervyn's Mervin Morris Join
Actor and Academy Award-winning director and producer Warren
Beatty and California businessman Mervin G. Morris, the founder
of the Mervyn's chain of retail stores, have been elected
to the Board of Trustees of The Scripps Research Institute
"We're very proud to welcome Warren Beatty and Mervin Morris
as the newest members of our Board of Trustees," says TSRI
President Richard Lerner. "They both bring to the Board a
unique set of insights, experience, and skills."
Business and philanthropic leader Mervin Morris is a third
generation Californian who was raised in the farming town
of Delano, California where his parents ran a small retail
store. He joined the family business after World War II, having
served four years in the U.S. Army where he rose to the rank
Morris founded Mervyn's stores in San Lorenzo, California,
in 1949. Mervyn's evolved from a single store with two employees
to a company with sales in excess of $4 billion a year employing
approximately 70,000 people nationwide. Morris was chairman
and chief executive officer of Mervyn's, now a division of
Target Corporation, until 1979. He is currently chairman of
Morris Management Company, a family investment firm, and serves
as a trustee for the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and the
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
He is former chairman of the National Retail Merchants Association,
and has served on the Boards of Directors of several large
companies. In addition, he has been a trustee for a number
of non-profit organizations, including the Boys & Girls Clubs
of America, the University of Southern California, the California
Academy of Sciences, the Eisenhower Medical Center, Mt. Zion
Hospital of San Francisco, and Stanford Hospital & Clinics.
Warren Beatty is one of the top actors, directors, film
writers, and producers in the world. He is the recipient of
the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' highest honor,
the Irving G. Thalberg Award and nominated for 15 Oscars for
acting, directing, writing and producing. The eight pictures
he has produced have won a total of 53 nominations. He has
won the highest honors from the Producers Guild of America,
The Directors Guild of America, The Writers Guild of America,
the New York, the Los Angeles and the National Society of
Film Critics and has been made a Commander of the Arts and
Letters in France, A Fellow of The British Academy and has
been awarded the David de Donatello in Italy.
He won the Academy Award for directing Reds, which
was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, four of which went to
Beatty himself Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay.
Best Director and Best Picture. Only two other times in movie
history has one individual been nominated in four categories
for a single movie: Orson Welles for Citizen Kane (1941),
and Beatty again for Heaven Can Wait.
A politically active Democrat since the 1960's, Beatty participates
in the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, is a founding
Board Member of The Progressive Majority and a founding board
member of The Center For National Policy. He has received
the Eleanor Roosevelt Award from Americans for Democratic
Action and the Brennan Legacy Award from The Brennan Center
for Justice at The New York University School of Law.
very proud to welcome Warren Beatty and Mervin Morris as the
newest members of our Board of Trustees. They both bring to
the Board a unique set of insights, experience, and skills."