Allan Morse was born Iser Mosovich, on February 26, 1940, in Havana, Cuba. His parents, Maria and Abram fled Russia for the United States in 1925. Allan's mother died in 1949 never to fulfill her dreams of reaching the United States. Both Allan and his sister, Clara who is twelve years older than he, were born in Cuba. Finally after twenty-five years of trying to get to the United States, Allan and his father moved to Beverly, Massachusetts in 1952, and became citizens on August 9, 1960. At that time Allan's father changed the family surname from Mosovich to Morse and Iser, his son, became Allan. Allan's father died at his home in Miami in 1990. Allan entered school speaking only Spanish and within six months was fluent in English. From Beverly High School, he entered the College of Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering on June 14, in 1964. Allan was driven to his career from a childhood love of airplanes and early on he knew that he wanted to be an engineer. After graduation from college, he spent time working as an engineer with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and General Electric Company. These two positions allowed him to work with aircraft gas turbine engines. His career afforded him travels throughout the United States, including St. Croix, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico where he worked primarily with refineries and petrochemical plants. It was a position with Strategic Petroleum Reserves that was under the Department of Energy that brought Allan back to the Gulf Coast in 1982. He remained with this project until his retirement in 2005. Allan was a good man who believed in the American Dream…worked hard and treated people with dignity and respect. He was raised in a Jewish household, did not practice his faith, and yet lived the life of a Christian man. He was proud of being an American and believed that anyone had a right to be here, but that they needed to follow the process. It saddened him to know that his mother never made it here. Allan loved to dance Salsa and Merengue, listen to Jazz, Classical and Latin music and to travel. He and his wife, Rachel traveled throughout the United States and Canada, and spent time in Italy, Greece, the Caribbean, and enjoyed going on various cruises. They visited each of their children and siblings who were scattered throughout the United Stated and they often flew, but often they enjoyed driving and taking in the view along the way. Allan has two children, Rebecca and Craig Morse who he loved very much. He wishes them happiness and peace in their lives; he leaves this world having been truly loved by his wife Rachel. Allan is preceded in death by his parents; and his daughter, Rebecca. He joined his family in death on July 31, 2012. He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife, Rachel Morse of Beaumont; son, Craig Morse of New Orleans, Louisiana; sister, Clara Eli and her husband, Isaac, of Bay Harbor Island, Florida; niece, Myriam Eli and her husband, Joe Zeytoonian, of Margate, Florida; and nephew, Rafael Eli of New York City, New York. Complete and updated information may be found at broussards1889.com.
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Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on Aug. 5, 2012