Lee Morgan Obituary, Death – The passing of Dr. Lee Morgan, Professor Emeritus of English at Centenary College, was announced this morning in New Jersey, to the college community’s great sorrow. Dr. Morgan was a professor at Centenary from 1954 until 1997. After retiring from the faculty, he became the College’s historian and published the book “Centenary College, 1825-2000.” The funeral services have not yet taken place. We are thankful that Dr. Morgan has lived such a long life and has made such a significant impact on Centenary.There is a void that “Coach” cannot fill.
It was Hurricane Hoaas, whom Lee always referred to as “the boy economist,” who bestowed upon him the appellation “the boy economist” when he was relocated to an office in Haynes Gym during the renovation of Jackson Hall in 1987-1988. He is a genuine treasure, and I could sit and listen to him talk about literature, the Centenary, and Shreveport for hours on end. The things that dad did to help integrate the institution and stand up for his principles, even to the extent of having a cross burnt in Lucy’s front yard, were the things about him that I admired the most.
His simple presence has been a source of blessing for each one of us. Lee was a wonderful human being. When I would see him, he would always have a smile on his face and instantly begin telling me lame jokes. I would often see him on the indoor track at Centenary, where he was keeping himself fit and healthy by running laps. One night, members of the Ku Klux Klan attempted to torch a cross on his property as retaliation for his support of the admission of black students to Centenary in the 1970s. Fortunately, the men were unable to complete the task and were quickly apprehended.