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Sep 14, 2017
Good Scout Dinner 2017

Join us for the 2017 Good Scout Dinner!

Honoring Kenneth P. Morrison 

Save the Date! - Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Meet Ken (full bio)



Ken and sons: Jack (Eagle 2006), Ken (Eagle 1969) and Tommy (Eagle 2010) 

BIO: Ken Morrison (full).

Ken Morrison is a devoted husband, proud father, dedicated Scout leader, accomplished lawyer and frequently frustrated golfer!

Professionally, Ken is a partner in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, a multi-national law firm, where he has practiced for 33 years.  He founded Kirkland’s Asset Finance & Securitization Practice, which has handled securitizations and asset finance matters for more than 25 years on behalf of clients that include Ally Bank, CarMax, Navistar Financial, JPMorgan, and Wyndham Worldwide.  Ken is ranked one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in securitization by several leading publications. 

Ken graduated from Yale University (B.A., 1977), where he was the first baseman for the varsity nine.  His difficulties hitting the left-handed curve-ball made it apparent that Major League Baseball was not in his future and that further studies would be a surer path to success in life.   So Ken earned graduate degrees from Boston University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1983) and the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., 1983).  He maintains an affiliation with Boston University, as a member of both the university’s Board of Overseers and the Dean’s Advisory Board of the law school. 

Ken and his wife Susan have been happily married for 36 years. They live in Wilmette, Illinois, where they raised their two sons. Jack, 28, and Tommy, 25, are both Eagle Scouts and college graduates, and they are both gainfully employed. They are even friends on Facebook with Ken and Susan, although one of them recently told his parents, “We don’t use Facebook too much anymore; that’s really a thing for your generation now.”

Ken participated in Scouting as a youth, earning his Eagle Scout in 1969 with Troop 27 in Toledo, Ohio, and attending the National Jamboree in Idaho that same year.  When his son Jack joined Pack 5 in Wilmette, Ken became a Den Leader, starting down a very slippery slope.  Quickly demonstrating that he was unable to say “no” to Scouting requests, Ken agreed after a year to become the Cubmaster, a position he held for six years.  When Tommy crossed over from Pack 5 to Troop 5, Ken took over as the Scoutmaster of Troop 5.  He served in that role from 2003 to 2013, earning his Wood Badge beads along the way. Ken now serves as the Life to Eagle Advisor for Troop 5.  During his time with the troop, Ken has helped over 60 Scouts reach the rank of Eagle.

Following his retirement as Scoutmaster in 2013, Ken joined the Executive Board of the Northeast Illinois Council.   He served for two years as the Vice President of Program, and then moved into the role of Vice President of Development, a position he still holds.

When not busy with family, Scouting or work, Ken fills a lot of time playing golf and paddle tennis.  Despite abundant evidence that money cannot buy happiness, Ken continues to spend freely on golf lessons, trips and equipment, hoping one day to break 80. 

In the meantime, he is delighted to be the 2017 recipient of the Good Scout award from the Northeast Illinois Council!

2017 Good Scout Dinner Committee

Andy Langan, Chair

Christopher Butler

Dan Callahan

Eunu Chun

Scott Falk

Scott Fowkes

Rick Godfrey

Scott Gordon

Matthew Hays

Rich Hill

Roger Kieffer

Tom Kuhns

John Landgraf

Andy Langan, Chair

Jay Leonard

Mark Lillie

Todd Maynes

Janette McMahan

Andres Mena

Linda Myers

Pete Morrison

Bob Morrison

Jerry Nowak

Jeff O'Connor

Monica O'Connor

Rob Orr

Steve Patton

Ron Peterson

Alex Pilmer

Christine Randolfi

Matthew Regan

Alex Roever

Keith Ross

Mike Rummel

Brian Sieve

George Sullivan

Kevin Van Wart

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