In Memory

Merle H Morgan (Faculty)

Morgan, Merle H., 86, of St. Petersburg, died Monday (June 11, 2007) at the Allegro at College Harbor. Born in Hensley, W.Va., he came here in 1952 from Bluefield, W.Va., after coaching basketball and serving as a school principal and teacher. He was a former dean of boys and assistant principal at Northeast High School and headed the English department. He later was principal of Dixie Hollins High School, assistant dean of academic affairs at St. Petersburg Junior College and dean of academic affairs at Pasco-Hernando Community College. During World War II he was a cryptographer in the Pacific. He taught abnormal psychology to police departments, including the St. Petersburg department. He received a master's degree from West Virginia University and a doctorate from Florida State University. He was a member of the Westside Optimist Club, the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and St. Peter?s Episcopal Cathedral. He was a former Mason. Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Amundgaard, Syracuse, Ind., and Kathleen Woolums, St. Petersburg; a sister, Lake Hopson, Gilbert, W.Va; two grandsons, Hugh Brett Anderson, Boise, Idaho, and Zachary Woolums, St. Petersburg; and two great-grandchildren. Anderson-McQueen Funeral & Cremation Centers-N.E. St. Petersburg.

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11/17/09 02:47 PM #1    

William Hanley

This fine man impacted more students, especially the males at Northeast probably more than any other person during his tenure at the school. He showed us how a man can communicate and deal with responsibilities and at the same time have a sense of humor and what I, at least, perceived as pleasure in his job. He made a real impression and to this day he is one of the first things I think of when I remember 3 years at Northeast.

12/06/09 06:56 PM #2    

Ron Tiede

Uncle Merle! As Bill Hanley said...He also impacted me more than any other faculty member...He had a calm firmness...and did I mention he also told the football coaches... God Speed Uncle Merle.

12/29/09 12:50 PM #3    

Frank Walters Clark

Merle Morgan definitely served as a role model for many of us young and rebellious kids while we were at NeHi. I recall a man who was slow to anger and of infinite patience. I will always be grateful for his counsel during a very turbulent time in my life. Spending time in his office for skipping classes was not a bad thing--it became in fact a pleasant ritual, made possible by his understanding and guidance. I was and am still rightly influenced by his passion for life.

We will miss you...

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