The Boys in the Boat

Roger Morris Character Analysis

One of the nine “boys in the boat” who rowed to Olympic gold in 1936, Roger Morris is an ambitious student at the University of Washington. Like many of the other rowers, he comes from a relatively poor family, meaning that he has to work hard to support himself through college. Unlike most of the other freshman rowers, Roger has some experience with rowing, since he grew up near water.

Roger Morris Quotes in The Boys in the Boat

The The Boys in the Boat quotes below are all either spoken by Roger Morris or refer to Roger Morris. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Books edition of The Boys in the Boat published in 2014.
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Roger Morris, the first of Joe’s friends on crew, was the last man standing. Roger died on July 22, 2009. At his memorial service, Judy rose and recalled how in their last few years Joe and Roger would often get together—in person or on the phone—and do nothing at all, hardly speaking, just sitting quietly, needing only to be in each other's company.

Related Characters: Joe Rantz, Roger Morris, Judy Rantz
Page Number: 367
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Roger Morris Character Timeline in The Boys in the Boat

The timeline below shows where the character Roger Morris appears in The Boys in the Boat. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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On that day in October, it became sunny. At the University of Washington, two students, Roger Morris and Joe Rantz, walked across the quad. Morris and Rantz were both freshmen, but... (full context)
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Joe Rantz was less confident than Roger Morris, despite his good looks and athleticism. He hailed from a small town in the... (full context)
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For the rest of the afternoon, Rantz, Morris, and the other freshman hopefuls filled out medical forms. Watching Rantz and Morris was the... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...the importance of not thrusting the blades of the oars too deep into the water. Roger Morris was one of the most talented freshman rowers, partly because he’d rowed before. Morris... (full context)
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The freshmen, Morris included, learned how to execute smooth, powerful strokes, timing their movements perfectly. They rowed for... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...move some of the best rowers into small shell barges—he chose both Joe Rantz and Roger Morris for this privilege. The shell barges were broader than competitive shells, making them harder... (full context)
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Roger Morris and Joe Rantz were quickly becoming good friends. Neither one of them was particularly... (full context)
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...the coaches could now announce who had made “first and second boat.” Bolles announced that Roger and Joe had made first boat. Joe forced himself not to show emotion in front... (full context)
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...enough: they were sloppy and lazy. The talk was devastating for Joe, as well as Roger Morris and Shorty Hunt, Joe’s two closest friends. Shorty Hunt went on to become one... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...free time, however, his top priority was rowing. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends, Roger Morris, Chuck Day, Shorty Hunt, and Johnny White. One day, Joe noticed Jim McMillin, a... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...Washington team to Berlin. Ulbrickson went on to announce that Joe, along with Shorty and Roger, had been bumped up to varsity. Joe was surprised—he’d been rowing third boat all year.... (full context)
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...March 19, Al Ulbrickson was ready to announce his best bet for an Olympic boat: Roger Morris, Chuck Day, Gordy Adam (a sophomore from the nearby Nooksack River), Johnny White, Jim... (full context)
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...teammates; he befriended Gordy Adam and Don Hume, and continued to get along well with Roger Morris, Chuck Day, Jim McMillin, and Johnny White. He began to feel the feeling Pocock... (full context)
Chapter 16
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During the voyage to Europe, Roger Morris and Don Hume became very seasick and lost a lot of weight. Joe didn’t... (full context)
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...raised high. The ceremony was stunning—almost nobody in the audience had seen anything like it. Roger Morris and Johnny White agreed that it was “Grand” and “impressive.” In effect, Nazi Germany... (full context)
Epilogue
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...support himself. Don Hume and Jim McMillin also returned home soon after the Olympics ended; Roger Morris, Chuck Day, and Bobby Moch, however, traveled across Europe for six weeks. George Pocock... (full context)
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...peers said that the Washington team that year was the finest they’d ever seen. Afterwards, Roger Morris, Shorty Hunt, and Joe Rantz officially ended their collegiate rowing careers. (full context)
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...Association. Johnny White worked for Bethlehem Steel. Gordy Adam worked for Boeing for thirty-eight years. Roger Morris spent World War Two doing construction, and later worked for the Manson Construction Company.... (full context)
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...2002, Joyce died; three years later, Bobby Moch and Jim McMillin died, too. Joe and Roger were the last surviving members of the Olympic crew team. Joe died peacefully in 2007,... (full context)