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Moses Osbourne Morgan

M.O. Morgan

(President, 1973-1981)

Born in Blaketown, Trinity Bay, on 28 August 1917, Mose Morgan attended Memorial University College and then Dalhousie University, where he received a bachelor's degree. The Newfoundland Rhodes Scholar for 1938, he delayed graduate study at Oxford University until after the Second World War. From 1940 to 1942 he taught at King's College School in Windsor, Nova Scotia. In 1942 he enlisted in the Canadian Army and saw service in Europe as a platoon commander. After the war he completed a master's degree in classics at Dalhousie followed by further graduate studies at Oxford. He joined the faculty of Dalhousie in 1948 and came to Memorial in 1950 to teach political science. Morgan played a prominent role in the development of academic policy at Memorial, and from the late 1950s his influence as dean of arts and science was second only to that of President Gushue. He was president (pro tem) for 1966-67 and president 1973-1981. He died in St. John's on 24 April 1995.

[Source: Melvin Baker, "Presidents of Memorial University College and Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1925-1999," Newfoundland Quarterly, vol. XCIII, no. 1 (Fall 1999), 2-6]

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