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Members and friends will be aware that back in May Richard Morris, who was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Nepal from November 2015 to November 2019, went missing whilst out on a run near his home in Hampshire. Sadly it has now been confirmed that a body found on 31
August is Richard’s. I am sure that the whole Society will join me in passing our heartfelt condolences to Richard’s wife Alison, his children and his wider family.

Following his distinguished time in Nepal, where he was held in very great affection, Richard had been due to take up an appointment as HM Ambassador in Fiji with a broader remit covering the South Sea islands. Before his appointment to the Embassy in Kathmandu, he had been Head of Pacific Department at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 2013 to 2015. Before that, senior appointments in a fine diplomatic career had included Consul General in Sydney and Director General Trade and Investment (Australasia), and Deputy Head of Mission and HM Consul General at the British Embassy in Mexico City.

Amongst other qualifications, Richard held an MBA and was a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (FCIM) and of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA).

Richard’s family have released a statement remembering “a loving and loyal husband, father, son and brother. From childhood European holidays via a US university scholarship to Ambassador to Nepal, Richard loved to travel. Described as funny, kind and smart by his diplomatic colleagues, he had worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with professionalism and integrity for nearly 30 years. His empathy and kindness to those around him earned him respect wherever he went, evidenced by the messages of love, friendship and support we have received from all over the world”

I can confirm myself that Richard was exceptionally well-liked in the FCO. I never had the pleasure of serving with him but he and Alison were the kindest and most gracious of hosts when my partner Zuzana and I went back to the Residence in Lainchaur during a visit to catch up with Nepali friends a couple of years ago. The Residence staff were very fond of him and are very upset by his loss.

Richard was only 52 when he died- too young. But he lived a full life, full of variety and achievement and his much loved family can be proud of

Andy Sparkes