URI joins the New York City community in mourning the loss of URI co-founder and former Board Chair Horace L. Morancie. A true force for positive change in his community, Morancie dedicated his life to bettering the lives of his fellow New Yorkers.
“Horace Morancie’s passing has left all those who were fortunate enough to know him with heavy hearts,” said URI president and CEO Nathaniel Fields. “His commitment to serving others has left an indelible impact on our organization. Despite our collective sadness, Horace leaves behind a legacy of hope that serves as continued inspiration to us all.”
“It is with great sadness that I received news of Horace Morancie’s passing,” said Whittaker Mack III, Chair of the URI Board of Trustees. “I had the pleasure of serving with him on the URI board for years and can say with certainty that his character and commitment will not soon be forgotten.”
Morancie, one of the co-founders of URI, a former chair of the URI board, and a long-time trustee of the organization, fought to provide vital social services to the people of New York City. Morancie worked closely with his fellow founders to develop programs at URI to address several community issues including housing, job training and domestic violence. Following his time on the URI board, Morancie remained an active supporter of the organization and its mission until his death.
In addition to his work with URI, Morancie was selected by Mayor John Lindsay to lead the Central Brooklyn Model Cities program as part of the Great Society and War on Poverty initiatives of the 1960s and 70s. Morancie’s respected leadership and tireless commitment to social service helped lay the groundwork for URI, which today provides domestic violence, addiction, and developmental disabilities services to more than 1,400 residents of New York City every year.