Morton Lichtman was born in New York on July 12, 1920. In Rye he lived on Rosemere St. with his father Edward, his mother Sophie, and his younger brother Lewis. Morton’s father had a high school education, and worked as a broker. Morton’s mother had a high school education and was a homemaker.
Morton was a distinguished member of the Rye High School class of 1938. In high school Morton was a member of the National Honors Society, and was the senior class secretary. In addition Morton played varsity tennis, and varsity football, and participated in band, and the chess club. Following high school, Morton graduated from Rutgers University in 1942.
He enlisted in the Navy after Pearl Harbor and entered the Navy Flight Training Program where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps. According to the Marine Corps Muster Rolls, Morton served as a pilot Marine Transport Squadron Two Fifty Two, Marine Aircraft Group Fifteen, flying supplies and wounded in and out of the islands during the campaigns in the Pacific Theatre. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve for 21 years, retiring with the rank of Major.
Following WWII, Morton entered the investment securities business in the San Francisco Bay Area. He narrated a weekly radio program and conducted lecture series devoted to securities and personal finance. He served as president of the University Club of Palo Alto and followed a lifelong interest in the performing arts, active both on stage and in the administration of the Palo Alto Community Theater. Upon retirement in 1981, he moved to Calaveras County, California, where he served as President of the Ebbetts Pass Property Owners Council and enjoyed community theater, tennis, golf, and work with various civic organizations.
A resident of Rancho Bernardo, San Diego since 1998, he was a docent at the Flying Leathernecks Museum of Marine Aviation at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station. Morton married Betty Jean Overstreet in 1999. He first met and dated Betty Jean in 1943 when he was stationed at Camp Kearny (now Miramar) in San Diego before leaving for the war. Fifty-five years later they met again and after a brief courtship were married in Rancho Bernardo.
Morton passed away on 11/8/2007 at the age of 87 due to complications following surgery. He was survived by his wife Betty Jean; his son Bradley, wife Diane Moss, and their sons Ross and Lee; his son Grant, wife Julie and their children Joshua and Cassidy; his daughter Ann and her children Kyle and Kelsey; and stepsons Tim and Neil Duggan. He was also survived by his stepchildren Vicki Johns and her husband Dick; Paula Hart and her husband Jim; Nancy Dogra and her husband Raj; Patti Nanos and her husband Pete; and Stuart Bailey and his wife Cheryl.