Dick Morgan ’69 named 2011 Alumnus of the Year

September 27, 2011

Richard “Dick” Morgan ’69, whose service to his alma mater spans more than three decades, will be the honorary football team captain on Oct. 29 and honored at this year’s Homecoming as Alumnus of the Year.

Just about every high-schooler could name a half dozen or more rock-and-roll garage bands. Morgan, then an Annapolis high-schooler and bass guitarist, played for a band that booked fraternity gigs at then WMC, and before long he realized he need look no further for a college.

His own years on the Hill provided all the education and friends he could imagine: lasting lessons by such professors as Drs. Price, Law and Lightner (Morgan majored in Economics); fraternity brothers who nicknamed him “Moag” (Delta Pi Alpha, aka The Preachers); and leadership roles in numerous student organizations that earned him the Bates Prize for best all-around senior male as well as listing in Who’s Who in American Colleges.

He even met his lifelong mate, Nancy Higdon ’69, whom he married just a month after graduation.

“I met her the first day she arrived and helped her move into McDaniel Hall,” he said, recalling that he looked for her again early that week at a freshmen mixer. Together, they raised a family of three and enjoy four grandchildren.

Morgan also played football two years, then decided his skills would be better off-field as the sports publicist. His ROTC training led him to join the Navy with assignments out of South Carolina, three years of active duty, followed by service in the Navy Reserves for 22 years, retiring at the rank of captain. After completing his active duty, he joined his father-in-law’s typewriter sales and repair business, and later as its president managed its technological evolution, now a vital computer systems and support enterprise.

Morgan has served as class president, volunteered to organize reunions, elicited gifts of support for innumerable College initiatives and led several alumni committees including Nominations and Governance committee and two terms as member-at-large on the Alumni Council. In 1980, he received the College Service Award from the Alumni Association.

While he may be surprised with this singular honor as Alumnus of the Year, when he walks onto Hoffa Field for the Green Terror coin toss, fraternity brothers and classmates alike will cheer, “Well done, Moag!”