Chester Morrill, 92, a retired secretary of the Federal Reserve Board, died of an apparent stroke Wednesday at the Wisconsin Avenue Nursing Home.
Mr. Morrill began his government service in 1914 as solicitor in the Department of Agriculture. In 1927, he became secretary and general counsel of the Federal Farm Loan Board. He was named secretary of the Federal Reserve Board in 1931. He served in that capacity until 1945, when he became a special adviser to the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. He retired in 1950.
From 1936 to 1950, Mr. Morrill also served as secretary of the Federal Open Market Commission.
Following his retirement, Mr. Morrill served for a year as financial adviser to the Nationalist Chinese government on Taiwan.
Mr. Morrill was born in Shelby County, Mo. He moved to Washington with his parents and graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 1909. He then practiced law in Nashville, Tenn., until returning to Washington in 1914.
He had lived in Bethesda until moving to the nursing home a few weeks ago.
He was a former president of the Cosmos Club in Washington and a member of the American Bar Association. He also had been active in the United Givers Fund.
Survivors include a grandson, Paul Morrill, of Roanoke, Va.