Mort was born in the UK prior to WW2, and has some vivid memories of living during the blitzes. Growing up on the edge of the countryside he developed a love for the outdoors, nature and natural sciences, as well as being a pretty fair soccer, tennis, cricket and piano player. He graduated from Cambridge University with a Natural Sciences MA, degree specializing in Geology and Metallurgy. After working for 4 years as a Specialty Steels Metallurgist, the last two in Canada, he obtained his MBA (Finance and Marketing focus) after a two year full time course. In 1967, after graduating he joined Cameron Iron Works in Houston as a Product Marketing Manager. In 1970, making the final switch to a more general non-metals business focus, he joined Humble Oil (now Exxon/Mobil) from which he retired after 30 years, the last few managing Exxon’s Fuel Product Pricing department.
After retirement, Mort and wife Brenda sold their home in Houston and built a grandchild-friendly home on Galveston Island. In retirement Mort has spent a significant time volunteering, early on consulting for non-profits and disaster service for the Red Cross, finding interest in organizations involved with nature, especially bird life, and nature tourism on Galveston Island. He joined the Board of Friends of Galveston Island State Park and initiated the Sunday birding walks and birding by kayak and was President for one year. He introduced birding by kayak into Galveston’s first FeatherFest (FF) 2003, helped organize FF 04, then Chaired the FF Committee for the next 4 years. He helped incorporate Galveston Nature Tourism Council (GINTC) in 2004, and was President for 4 years. Most recently he has been a member of the East End Lagoon Nature Preserve and Natural Recreational Area, development committee.
During his roles with GINTC and FF, Mort appreciated the help of both Karla Klay and Kris Benson and hopes that by being on the Board of Artist Boat he can help them take the quantum leap in scope and size that lies ahead.