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Patrick Morrin
College alumnus to be recognized at Alumni Honors

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Patrick Morrin

"[My] success in business [I credit] to the skills [I] learned at USD – skills that could only be taught at a university and in a college that values, embraces, and actively promotes a liberal arts education."

Patrick Morrin

The 2010 Alumni Honors recipient for the College of Arts and Sciences is Patrick Morrin, ’83. Morrin received his BA in English and BBA in Business from USD before going on to get his MBA at UCLA. Today, Morrin believes strongly in the liberal arts education that he received from USD stating that "while I double majored in business and English, my interest and memories are with the English department". His success in business he credits to the skills he learned at USD – skills that could only be taught at a university and in a college that values, embraces, and actively promotes a liberal arts education.

Morrin founded and served as the Chief Financial Officer of Basis Communications, a provider of service-specific network processor platforms combining networking hardware and software for the convergence of voice and data over wide area internet networks. In March, 2000, Morrin sold Basis Communications to Intel Corporation for $450 million. After staying on with Intel for two years, he joined the board of eHospital, Inc., a leading innovator of business to business internet software solutions for the healthcare industry.

In 2002 Morrin founded the Danvera Foundation, a charitable organization named in honor of his parents Dan and Vera Morrin. The Danvera Foundation focuses its community support in the areas of: arts and culture, education, the humanities and health. Over the past eight years, Morrin through his foundation, has provided significant financial support to USD student scholarships in English, nursing and marine science. While supporting his professional interests in science and technology through the construction of the Shiley Center for Science and Technology, he is also deeply influenced by the passions of his family and supports educational causes that are important to them. In honor of his mother, who worked as a nurse, the Danvera Foundation supports the Hahn School of nursing at USD. He also supports undergraduate research through the Coastal Marine Pollution Studies Program, a cause connected to the work and research of his wife.

Morrin was honored on Saturday, May 1, 2010 with the prestigious Author E. Hughes Career Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences. This award, which will be given at Alumni Honors, recognizes his professional success in business as well as his philanthropy.

- Lyndsey Scully

Alumni Honors is an annual event that honors the accomplishments of nine USD alums who have excelled in their fields while exhibiting the values of the University of San Diego.