Glynn Ray Morgan
29 August, 1938 – 8 January, 2021
Glynn Ray Morgan passed away peacefully in his sleep at his assisted living facility in Tampa, Fla on January, 8, 2021.
Glynn was born and reared in Meridian, Mississippi where he attended public schools and graduated from Meridian High School. He attended Tulane University, University of Alabama and received bachelor degrees in English and German and a masters degree in Political Science from the University of Mississippi.
He began working at University of Texas-RGV (previously known as Pan American University) in 1963 as an instructor. In 1966 he became an assistant professor and in 1971 achieved the rank of associate professor and also later became the dean of students. In 2000, he was received the Outstanding Faculty Award in teaching and the Distinguished Professor Award in 2001. He established the Glynn and Rene Morgan Endowed Scholarship to provide merit based assistance for the university’s top political science students and to honor the memory of his beloved wife. He was awarded Associate Professor Emeritus in 2018 several years after his retirement.
Outside of teaching, Glynn was very active in several organizations. He was involved with the City of McAllen Parks and Recreation department, was a supporter of the McAllen Museum and the Museum of South Texas History, and was an active member of St John’s Episcopal Church, the McAllen Country Club, and the Valley Symphony Orchestra (awarded the Cultural Leader of the Year in 2015).
Survivors include his children, Tula Morgan of McAllen, Tex; Glynn Morgan Jr and his wife Kelly, of Tampa, Fla; and three grandchildren; Laura Jean Hutchins of Boulder, Colo., Glynn Morgan III and Michelle Morgan of Tampa, Fla.
They also include a sister-in-law, Trudie Abbott, nephews, Greg (Nan) Robinson, Randy (Cheryl) Robinson, Steve (Penny) Robinson and Scott (Susie) Morgan, all of Meridian, Miss., Robert (Amy) Fowler of Lodi, Calif., nieces Faith (Tim) Whitehead of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Mary (Chad) Cable of Sulphur Springs. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Elmore Morgan, daughter, Debbie Morgan Hutchins, brother Buddy Morgan, and sister, Freda Robinson.
As an avid lover of the arts and education, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Glynn & Rene Morgan Endowed Scholarship in Political Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Foundation, Office of Institutional Advancement, 701 E. Expressway 83, Box #13 McAllen, TX 78501 (or online at http://give.utrgv.edu/utrgvfoundation.com. Choose ‘Other” and reference the Glynn & Rene Morgan Endowed Scholarship), or to the Valley Symphony Orchestra, 4316 N. 10th St, McAllen TX 78504 (or online at https://www.valleyorchestra.org.), or to a charity of one’s choice.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Glynn Ray Morgan
2 March 2021
I am the surviving daughter of our dear father., Tula. I do not know how to quite tell you all the impact our “POPS”, as we referred to him. His first grandchild, Laura, our deceased sister’s daughter started the tradition of calling our father, Pops. Our father taught us to go for the stars; accomplish as much and more than you ever dreamed you could do. He was a mentor to so many students; he taught longer than any professor at the University. I have never met an individual who studied, wished for all of his students to excel; loved his family dearly, and I could go on for ever.
Pops, you are with your beloved wife, and you are home. I wish to thank my brother and his wife, Kelly and children for getting Pops close to them in Florida to be able to see him often until the pandemic. Thank you, Dad (Pops) for all you did for me and our family and your numerous students.
May you Rest In Peace; we will meet again.
God-thank you for taking him home gracefully.
With love forever!
Miguel (Mike) Lopez
8 February 2021
Great professor at UTRGV (UTPA when I was there) that made class extremely interesting. He had a passion for the subject matter he taught and had some memorable saying like "best thing since sliced bread" and "put that in your pipe and smoke it" that always made me chuckle in class. My sincere condolences to Professor Morgan's friends and family.
14 January 2021
My condolences to Dr. Morgan’s family & friends. I was a student of his in the 1980s. I have memories of a great teacher and such a wit! My class notes also included funny stories and jokes he’d tell. I learned a lot AND he made me laugh. Blessings to all.
14 January 2021
It is with sadness that I learned of Professor Morgan’s passing. We first met in 2001 on a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia with then University of Texas Pan-American.
My condolences to all his next of kin, he was a sincere and good hearted man. He will be missed.
14 January 2021
Very sorry to hear of Glynn's passing. A great man and outstanding professor. He will definitely be missed. My condolences to you and your family.
13 January 2021
Thank you for being such an important role model in my life and for making me feel welcome in your home . I will always remember hanging out with you in the TV room, talking over a drink and discussing politics and the gossip in McAllen. You and Rene always made me feel a part of your family and I am so grateful. Thank you also for creating such a terrific son who I am proud to call one of my very best friends. I will miss you senior, until we meet again at the ultimate happy hour in the sky.
12 January 2021
Thank you for being such a positive force in my life. For giving me the blessing of having a father figure, after my father passed. For all of the wonderful conversations. For all of the amazing memories. Forever loved and always missed. Kelly