Charles Morgan (1927 - 2014)

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Charles Henry ("Charley") Morgan died December 19, 2014, at the age of 87. He was born in Louisiana and raised in Port Arthur, Texas. He served in two wars, World War II and the Korean War, and was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After doing undergraduate work at the University of Texas in Austin, he earned his M.F.A. in painting at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where he studied with Mark Rothko. He was soon hired by Lamar Dodd at the University of Georgia to teach painting, but Charley also developed the renowned printmaking and papermaking programs at the school.
A brilliant teacher, Charley taught at UGA for 38 years and was one of the most beloved and sought-after professors in the art department. He was known for his subtle and indirect teaching manner, instilling confidence by gently guiding his students to make their own discoveries and to take control of their talent and abilities. He was the major professor for numerous graduate students who went on to lead their fields as artists and as professors at universities and colleges across the U.S. In 1991 Charley was recognized for his exceptional pedagogical skills with the General Sandy Beaver Teaching Award, and in 2008 a studio in the new Lamar Dodd School of Art was named the Charles Morgan Printmaking Studio in his honor.
Charley was also a passionate believer in the value of study abroad, and was one of the founding faculty members of UGA's famous art program in Cortona, Italy. He and his wife, Annie, spent many summers helping students experience the rich and beautiful environment of Tuscany and its surroundings. Along the way the couple established deep and lasting friendships with the residents of Cortona, where he will always be remembered for his quiet courtesy and warmth as well as his talent. Charley was also a handsome man, with a wonderful smile and grace of bearing that will be remembered forever by anyone who has met him.
Charley is survived by his wife and partner of 47 years, Ann Morgan. A memorial gathering will be announced in the new year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ( or to assist in the establishment of an endowed Charles Morgan Cortona Art Scholarship. Contributions to the scholarship fund should be made payable to the UGA Foundation - Friends of Cortona (memo: In honor of Charles Morgan), and mailed to Suzie Wong, Cortona Program, University of Georgia, 270 River Road, Athens, GA 30602.
Bernstein Funeral Home and Cremation Service are in charge of arrangements.
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Dec. 23, 2014
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