Update: The answer is Morris is on Mrs. Dees #6. iSteve commenter Harry Baldwin points out that Biography.com lists Morris’s first five wives as:
During his senior year of high school, Dees married Beverly Crum. The couple had two sons together before divorcing in the late 1960s. Dees next married Maureene Buck, a former employee. Dees and Buck had one daughter together. After they divorced, Dees married his third wife, Mary Farmer, the director of an abortion clinic. Following the end of his marriage to Farmer, he wed Elizabeth Breen. Dees’s fifth wife is Susan Star.
And to bring us up to date for those keeping score at home, from Michigan Radio NPR:
Why hate flourishes on the internet
By JACK LESSENBERRY • FEB 1, 2018
Online anonymity lets people say and do whatever they want without consequences.
Last night I had dinner with Morris Dees, the legendary founder and head of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group that essentially put the Ku Klux Klan out of business. Not many people know this, but Dees is in Michigan fairly often these days.
He married Kathleen Kalahar, a high-powered Detroit lawyer, a year or so ago,
Morris was born in late 1936, so he was about 80 at the time. Here’s a photo of the happy couple, although the photographer incorrectly spelled the named “Katahar.” Ms. Kalahar is not a San from the Kalahari Desert, in case you were wondering. One commenter suggests it’s an alternative spelling of Gallagher/Kelleher.
and the couple split their time between Detroit and Alabama. You might say the definition of true love is voluntarily leaving Alabama to spend weeks in Detroit in January.
I’m guessing this is wife #5 and that Susan Starr, who was featured in that lifestyle feature in the local newspaper early in this decade, was #4. But it’s hard to find much online on this seemingly relevant topic of just how many Mrs. Morris Deeses there have been. With the SPLC making hazy accusations against Morris and various august journalistic institutions that have long partnered with the SPLC making inquiries gingerly, but nobody coming back yet with anything all that much more scandalous than Joe Biden’s behavior at a typical ribbon-cutting ceremony, you’d think that one basic fact — how often has Morris been legally married — would be easy to find on the Internet.
But it’s not.
In any case, Morris appears to be a genuine romantic, as measured in megabucks of alimony paid over the decades. Each time, he thinks to himself: This is the One.
So, your SPLC donations haven’t been wasted. You thought they were for fighting Hate. But, they’ve helped Morris pursue True Love.
iSteve commenter Cagey Beast adds:
I’m worried Mr. Sailer is slut-shaming Morris Dees and imposing his own puritanical sexual morality on someone from another culture. The only man qualified to judge Morris Dees is Jerry Lee Lewis. Thankfully (and remarkably) he is still alive.
Jerry Lee Lewis was born in 1935 and Morris Dees in 1936. This video is from 1957, about when Jerry got married for the third time, to his 13-year-old cousin once-removed. Others cousins of Jerry included country singer Mickey Gilley, who ran the world’s biggest nightclub outside Houston, and the Rev. Jimmy Swaggart, the TV preacher whose name sometimes comes up when I am trying to think of analogs for Morris.