'The Mayor of Con Ed'
The welders and laborers called Richard Morgan the Mayor of Con Ed. Though he was vice president of Con Ed's emergency management, his shoes were muddy from going down into manholes and basements, said Glenn Morgan, his eldest child. "He would say: `It's not the people with the fancy white shirts that get things done.' "
He liked to take Glenn and his other children — Kevin, Cathy and Colleen — through Con Ed plants. "He'd say: `This is the plumbing for the city,' " Glenn said. " `This guy is making sure there's enough gas for the building. If this cable were to break because of a flood, that guy would throw a switch and the stock market could open.' He told us the story of what makes the city hum."
When one of his daughters, at college in Philadelphia, called for help with calculus, he drove from the family home in Glen Rock, N.J., with a copy of Calculus for Beginners.
After the 1993 trade center bombing, Mr. Morgan said it was a matter of when, not if, they would try again, said his wife, Patricia. On the morning of Sept. 11, he was pushing through crowds to get to the Con Ed substation on Liberty Street and was killed when the north tower collapsed. He was 66, an age when most people are retired.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on Sunday, March 31, 2002.