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Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr.

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Annapolis, Md. - Henry Sturgis Morgan Jr., RADM USN RET, of Annapolis, Md., died May 6, 2011, after a brief illness.

He was born on Aug. 10, 1924, in Oyster Bay, N.Y.

He was predeceased by his parents, Henry Sturgis and Catherine (Adams) Morgan.

Survivors include his former wife and children, F. Gray Pratt of Essex, Catherine A. (Alec) Peltier, Henry (Susan) Morgan, Polly (John) Timken, and Joan Morgan. He is survived by his wife, Alexandra McCain Morgan, and children, Charles R. Flather, Alexandra (David) Cist, and Katherine M. Morgan. Survivors also include his four brothers, Charles F. Morgan, Miles Morgan, John A. Morgan, and Peter A. Morgan, and 10 grandchildren.

He graduated from Groton School in 1942 and with the Harvard Class of 1946. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1942 and was commissioned in 1944. He served on four submarines and was skipper of the USS Tusk, the submarine tender USS Fulton, and the missile cruiser Providence. He subsequently served as naval commander for the U.N. Command in Korea and as senior member of the Korean Armistice Commission in Panmunjom in 1974. Upon retirement as rear admiral in 1975, he received his law degree from George Washington University and practiced Admiralty law in Houston, Tex., from 1978 to 1990. He retired to Gibson Island, Md., in 1990, and moved to Annapolis in 2001.

An avid sailor all his life, he was a member of the Cruising Club of America, as well as the New York, Annapolis, Off Soundings, and Storm Trysail clubs. He sailed his 16th Newport-Bermuda Race in 2010 and was still coaching the Naval Academy Offshore Sailing Team and racing on Wednesday nights until the week before his death.

Services were held at St. Margaret's Church in Annapolis.

Donations may be given to the Naval Academy Sailing Foundation, Inc., Naval Support Activity, 58 Bennion Road (Mail Stop 23-J), Annapolis MD 21402-5054.

Published in The Day on May 18, 2011
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