December 23, 2022

Farewell to Mary Hartman Morris

It’s with great sadness that I share that Mary Hartman Morris has passed away. Mary was a longstanding fixture in the corporate governance community and a frequent speaker and participant in our events. She was always ready to share her reasoned perspective and kind smile. The news of Mary’s passing comes as we are all still grieving the loss of Sister Pat and Scott Spector, as well. Here is more information from the CII:

Mary Hartman Morris, a trailblazer for strengthening corporate governance and enhancing the quality of accounting and auditing, died earlier this month. An active CII member for many years, Mary was an investment officer for CalSTRS and was instrumental in the pension system’s work on corporate board diversity in the United States and globally. Before joining CalSTRS, Mary worked for more than 20 years at CalPERS, first in the audits department, and then for a majority of her career in the corporate governance unit. She retired from CalSTRS in 2021.

During her career, Mary served on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Committee, the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s Investor Technical Advisory Committee and the International Corporate Governance Network’s Accounting and Auditing Practices Committee. Mary also co-chaired the Human Capital Management Coalition.

Our condolences go out to all of Mary’s family and friends, and to everyone who has lost someone they love this year.

Liz Dunshee