David Morse, director-general of the International Labor Organization for 22 years, died Saturday after a long illness. He was 83.
In 1969, Morse accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for the group. It brought technology to workers and farmers around the world and served as an international focal point in the fight for child labor laws, maternity leave, worker's compensation and safety regulations.
The organization was born of the Treaty of Versailles after World War I and became incorporated into the United Nations.
Morse, a lawyer, worked in President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programs. President Harry Truman named him assistant labor secretary and later acting labor secretary. In 1948, he was appointed chief of the U.S. delegation to the ILO.