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IN MEMORIAM

CARL WILLIAM MORGAN

 

Carl William Morgan was born on February 23, 1916, in Long Island, Kansas. He died on August 6, 2000.

In 1940, Carl married Dorothy Vivian Glithers of Columbus, Texas. They had two sons, Michael William Morgan and Keith Lanier Morgan.

Morgan received a BS in civil engineering from Kansas State University in 1938. At the same time, he received a commission as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was an engineer with the Kansas Highway Department during 1938-39, and then held the position of engineer, computer and party chief, with Robert H. Ray, Inc., in Houston from 1939 to 1941.

During World War II (1941-45), he was called to active duty in the U.S. Army, and he served in the European Theater of Operations where he participated in the Normandy Landings, Battle of the Bulge, and Remagan Bridge, as well as other battles. His final command before returning to civilian life was battalion commander, Combat Engineers. He remained active in the U.S. Army Reserves, achieving the rank of colonel. After the war (1945-46), he worked as a civil engineer with Humble Oil and Refining Company in Midland, Texas.

In 1946, he was appointed as an instructor in the Department of Civil Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. In 1947, he became an assistant professor. While an assistant professor, he received an MS in civil engineering from the University in 1951 and a PhD from the University in 1958. Also, while on leave from the University, he completed course work and participated in research activities at Colorado State University during 1953-54. He became an associate professor in 1959 and a professor in 1972. He retired in 1983. He continued teaching on a part-time basis until 1987, at which time he received the title of professor emeritus. He was a registered engineer in the state of Texas.

During the latter half of his career at UT, he effectively filled many administrative roles in the College of Engineering. He was an assistant counselor (1969-73), and director of the Cooperative Engineering Program and of the Engineering Career Assistance Center (1973-81). He was also revered as chairman and treasurer of the Engineers Loan Fund for many years.

Carl Morgan was active in the Texas section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, serving as vice president of the Austin branch in 1966-67 and as president in 1967-68. He was the director of the Texas section from 1968 to 1970. From 1958 through 1970, he also served on various committees for the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, and Sigma Xi.

Dr. Morgan was an excellent teacher, having won the General Dynamics Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching in 1957 and the Teaching Excellence Award from the Students' Association in both 1957 and 1960. He also won the Engineering Foundation Faculty Award in 1970.

Former students said:

"Dr. Morgan was foremost a teacher. He was tough but fair. He deeply cared about his students. He always had time for his students. He listened. I especially remember on several occasions he would go 'out of his way' to patiently help a student with some homework problem or concept from class that alluded him or her. He not only encouraged but also inspired me to pursue graduate work. I ultimately earned a PhD under his supervision. His influence dramatically affected not only my professional career but also my life. I will be forever grateful that he touched my life. He was not only my teacher and mentor, but also my dear friend. I miss him."

"We like Mr. Morgan as a teacher and other students like him. He gives liberally of his time to counseling and working with students. He has a wonderful personality and a sound and helpful philosophy of life. His outstanding character furnishes an excellent example to students."

Letters of recommendation stated:

"Without question Carl Morgan is outstanding for being an effective teacher and for service to his department and college. He will take on any job that needs to be done for the good of the department or college and do an excellent job of it."

"His teaching philosophy centers around creating interest in the student for the subject he is teaching. He emphasizes that learning must be done by the individual student, and he attempts to motivate students to desire such learning. He has developed and uses teaching aids to enable the student to better visualize complex problems and to create interest in the subject."

Dr. Morgan was a devout Christian and family man. He served on the Vestry and as secretary of the Vestry of St. David's Episcopal Church in Austin. He was very active in the field of Christian education. He taught the college-age class at St. David's Church. He served as chairman of the parent's class and as program chairman for a church study group. He was chairman of the Committee of Christian Education and superintendent of the Sunday School at St. David's.


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Larry R. Faulkner, President
The University of Texas at Austin

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty


This memorial resolution was prepared by a special committee consisting of Professors Edward Holley (chair), Earnest Gloyna, and Joseph Malina.