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Saturday, 12 April 2008 00:00

Morgan David Thomas

Morgan was born January 5, 1925 in Pontardulas, South Wales. He passed away peacefully on August 6, 2001 in Everett, Washington. He is survived by his beloved wife, Muriel, his three daughters Siobhan, Myfanwy, and Sine, his son, Michael, and four grandchildren. After his early schooling in South Wales, Morgan enlisted and served five years in the Royal Air Force during and after World War II, receiving his commission and his wings as a navigator. After demobilization in 1947 he attended Queens University in Belfast where he graduated with honors in 1951. He earned a Ph.D. in geography at Queens in 1954. After teaching and research appointments at the University of Michigan and Montana State University where he chaired the geography department, Morgan was invited to the University of Washington in 1959. He quickly won recognition here and abroad as an expert in the fields of economic geography and regional science with many of his research papers published in American and European journals. He was active for more than three decades in the Regional Science Association, serving a term in the 1970s as their international president. At the University of Washington, in addition to his teaching duties and graduate student supervision, Morgan was an administrator in the graduate school, in the provost's office and in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was chairman of the department of geography from 1983 to 1990. One of Morgan's most notable achievements was the supervision of masters and doctoral students, leading them to their degrees with his sage advice and direction. His former students and faculty colleagues hold him in great esteem, valuing his friendship and intellectual guidance. Morgan will be sorely missed by his loving family and good friends.

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