Mort is the author of “It’s All About Who,” in which he shares his fine-tuned set of practices to develop leaders capable of building institutions in both the for-profit and non-profit fields. In the book, he shows how important it is to find, recruit, and cultivate "A" players for leadership roles.
In 1939, Mort was awarded an academic scholarship to attend Case Western Reserve University, which was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the Army, he continued his studies at Pomona College in 1943 and the University of California at Berkeley in 1944. Mort completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Case Western Reserve University in 2013.
Since 1950, Mort has devoted a substantial amount of his time to philanthropy. He has personally founded, or helped found, more than a dozen nonprofit organizations, including Cleveland Tomorrow and MidTown Cleveland. He has served on the boards of many local and national nonprofit organizations, including serving as President of United Way Services in Cleveland.
Mort has received numerous awards recognizing both his business acumen and his commitment to philanthropy, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Case Western Reserve University; the Cleveland Heritage Medal; and the Presidential Award for Private Sector Initiatives presented by President Ronald Reagan.
Mort was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2011 and in 2016, he received their Scholar Patriot Award.
Mort has received 11 honorary doctorates from universities including Case Western Reserve University, Brandeis University and Hebrew University.
Mort and his wife, Barbara, live in Cleveland, Ohio and in Palm Beach, Florida. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.