Remembering Ward Morehouse

Traci Yoder

Ward Morehouse was a longtime Guild member and an inspiration to many around the world.

As an attorney, scholar, author, and publisher, he worked to provide tools for people to understand the causes of oppression and to take action for social justice.

Ward graduated from Yale University and held teaching positions in New York, Sweden, and India. In 1976, he took over as president of the Council on International and Public Affairs, a nonprofit human rights organization he helped found in 1954.

Along with Richard Grossman, Ward founded the Program on Corporations, Law, and Democracy (POCLAD) to educate people about the need to abolish corporate personhood long before the concept was popularly understood in the United States. He also founded and led the NLG’s Committee on Corporations, Democracy, and Human Rights, which was dedicated to fighting the corporatization of everyday life and investigating the impact that corporations have on our constitutional and human rights.

Ward was a leader in the national and international democracy movement, perhaps best known for his work with the victims of the Bhopal disaster. He fought to hold Union Carbide and other corporations accountable for their crimes. He published several books on the disaster, including The Bhopal Tragedy: What Really Happened and What It Means for American Workers and Communities at Risk and The Bhopal Reader.

Ward wrote and edited some 20 books about the political causes which were his passion. He lived by example and embodied the principles of democracy and justice through his actions. 

In addition to his wife and two sons, Ward leaves a sister, two stepdaughters, three step-grandchildren, seven granddaughters, and three great-grandchildren. His memorial service was held on September 29 in Northampton, Massachusetts.