William J. Morton is a licensed physician in Georgia, certified by the American Board of Urology, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the State Bar of Georgia. He is a nationally known lecturer and author on urological surgery and healthcare law. Always infatuated with history, his 2010 award-winning book, The Story of Georgia’s Boundaries, introduced him to Andrew Ellicott, the astronomer-surveyor and protagonist of this book.
Morton graduated high school in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1955. After college at Emory University, he graduated from the University of Miami Medical School, served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps in Germany and finished his Urological Surgery training in the Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital program in Atlanta where he opened his Urology office in 1970.
In 1985 Morton attended Woodrow Wilson College of Law and became a member of the State Bar of Georgia with interests in medical malpractice and healthcare law. He closed his urology office in 2000 and after serving as a Georgia magistrate court judge for two years, he fully retired. All of his professional background is detailed on his personal website, www.wjmortonmdjd.com.
Morton is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard captain and has over 5500 hours as a private pilot with commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. His other hobbies include amateur ornithology, photography, astronomy, playing classical piano and fly fishing. He and his wife, Monna, both passionate about fly-flshing, live in Atlanta, Georgia and Whitefish, Montana.