Houston Treasures

Malcolm Morris

Houston Treasure for 2020

Photo by: Gittings

Malcolm Stewart Morris and his great grandfather William H. Stewart, Father of the Capital of Texas, share a May 8 birthday. As Chairman of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Malcolm oversaw its expansion to 50 states and internationally. He is Past President of the Texas and American Land Title Associations and a Lifetime Fellow of the Houston and American Bar Foundations. Malcolm is a co-founder and past Chairman and Board of Reference member of Living Water International, whose mission is helping communities acquire desperately needed clean water and, which has implemented 20,874 “WASH projects” on three continents since its 1990 founding. Malcolm also founded and chairs the Millennium Water Alliance with the objective of transforming people’s lives through improving access to safe water, improved sanitation and good hygiene practices. MWA’s fifteen global NGOs serve 150 million people in 95 countries. Malcolm played a major role in the drafting and passage of The 2005 Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act signed into law by President George W. Bush. He was further instrumental in later Congressional passage of the Sudan Peace Act and the Paul Simon Water for the World Act. Describing Malcolm’s longtime advocacy and work for innovative water, sanitation, and hygiene programming in Kenya, Ethiopia and Central America, Rep. Blumenauer is quoted in the Congressional Record as testifying: “Malcolm’s enduring legacy is someone who built up political capital as an innovative business leader and used a significant part of that capital for the benefit of poor and marginalized people in the developing world. It is, as he would say, ‘God’s work.'” Malcolm and Becky celebrate a fifty-year marriage producing two sons and eight grandchildren. Malcolm is a Distinguished Alumnus of SMU where he earned his BBA before JD and MBA degrees from UT and completing the Harvard Program for Lawyers. He is a Trustee and former Chairman of Deacons of Houston’s First Baptist Church.

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