Dr. Morgan has always been the Great Man to me. He was a second father, and he was, and still is, a huge influence in my life. He used to ask his students questions, and when we struggled for the answer told us, "Don't make it hard." I now tell my students the same thing, and always chuckle when I see the befuddled looks on their faces. And every time I have said this, I always would think of Dr. Morgan. I feel blessed to have known him not only as a teacher and mentor, but as a friend as well. I love you, man.
Wayne will be revered by so many and for so much. He will never be forgotten.
As a graduate student at the University of Texas, I came to know Wayne Morgan as an extraordinary teacher and lecturer. My dissertation benefited from his patient editing and insights. His interpretation of William McKinley's presidency stimulated my own thinking and writing on the presidency, Ohio politics, and particularly the American tariff system. Thank you, Prof. Morgan.
I remember getting excited when Danny & Daddo would say "Uncle Wayne is coming to town". I will never forget when I was a little girl; Uncle Wayne would always play Santa Claus at Christmas time. He always made sure to eat the cookies and drink the milk my sister Tracy and I would leave for Santa. Sometimes when he would come into town; spur of the moment; he would take Tracy and me to Park Central Mall and let us pick out anything we wanted. On one trip I remember picking out a "Charmin Chatty Doll", which I still have to this day.
I also remember going on vacation with Danny & Daddo to visit Uncle Wayne at his first house he bought in Austin, Texas. Which also is the place he met my beautiful Aunt Anne. We had such a great and memorable time. My Uncle Wayne was the closest thing to God for me and I will always cherish the memories I have of him. I will miss him dearly and think about him often.
"My love and support will always be here for you Aunt Anne"
Kelly Morgan Clark (Peoria, AZ)
Wayne was a major figure in the study of the Gilded Age in America. His biography of William McKinley remains the standard work. His narrative history From Hayes to McKinley: National Party Politics, 1877-1896 is a classic. His friends from the University of Texas at Austin in the 1960s remember his wit, insight, compelling presence in the classroom, and his abundant generosity. He will be much missed. Lewis L. Gould