I just found out about Dr. Morgan's passing. In shock. One of the best professors I have ever had. And such a gentle soul. He leaves such an amazing legacy. Words are just not adequate for how many lives he touched! Wow!
I came across this guest book tonight as I happened to be thinking about the loss of Dr. Morgan and decided to share my regrets of his early passing. I was a senior Spanish major the first year that Dr. Morgan was at Furman, and so I never had the opportunity to take a class with Dr. Morgan, but I consulted with him extensively as I was considering applying to law school, and ultimately followed in his footsteps to Vanderbilt Law School. I found his counsel at the time I was making this major life decision very compelling, and I often thought of him over the years as I faced the challenges I encountered in pursuing my legal career that went far less smoothly than I could have ever anticipated as I sat in his office on various occasions discussing whether or not law school was the right decision for me. I ended up on the West Coast unexpectedly and never had the chance to follow up with him, much to my regret. I was quite shocked to read about his passing in the Vanderbilt Law magazine that alumni receive, and incredibly saddened by his passing at such a young age. I wish I had had the opportunity to thank him for all his help with applying to law school, and for sharing all his thoughts about why he left the practice of law. I've been practicing law now for 16 years, and I've managed against all odds to build an international practice as I had set out to do originally and am even finally starting to pick up new prospects from the Spanish-speaking world, but I understand very well exactly why he left the practice law and from time to time reflect on the strength of character that it took to make such a decision, certainly when he was on a path in the profession that so many others aspired to reach. The practice of law is not an easy profession to pursue and it kills the spirit and soul of many along the way who get trapped in jobs that they hate. He was a remarkable person, and his departure is a tremendous loss to the Furman community and all the lives he touched.
Not many days have passed during this year that I haven't thought of some memory of my friendship with David--from 1979 in Spartanburg, through the Vanderbilt years, trips to NYC, and in 2010 at Furman. "Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh." You are missed. --Susan Moss Stanley
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, and Dan: I just read of David's death in the Vanderbilt Magazine. David and I were friends at Wofford, and at Vanderbilt (he in Law, I in Divinity); I visited him when he was an attorney in New York, and we had long talks about his decision to leave law and do a Ph.D. at Princeton. I am so very sorry that David and I had not been in contact these last few years. David was not only a brilliant mind, but a gentle, kind soul, with a wonderful sense of humor. I think of the many times he would let me talk him into playing the Grieg Piano Concerto one more time (he played it magnificently). I would love to know more about David's final years if you care to contact me; I am an Anglican priest in Tallahassee, Florida- firstname.lastname@example.org God's Peace, Eric Dudley+
I remember David from West Mecklenburg High School. We rode the bus together for a couple of years, I lived on the corner of Fallsdale Dr. & Belmorrow Dr. I liked that David thought differently than most of the other kids at West Meck. David was the only person at West Meck. that I remember going to summer school voluntarily - because he could learn something extra - not because he needed to go to make up a class!
David was always a linguist!! Back in 1975-76 the foreign exchange student from Finland (Merja) lived with my family and rode the bus to school for a couple of months. When David met Merja he immediately started asking about the Finnish language. He wanted to learn Finnish and asked Merja to write out the conjugation of "I am" and a variety of other nouns and verbs - with those he could get a grasp of the language.
I saw David a few years ago while he was jogging in Coulwood, I still live in the neighborhood. We had a 10-15 minute conversation catching up on the previous 30 years. I am glad that I was able to see him that day and I am very sorry to hear of his passing. David was a special man that added to the world while he was here.