Mary Therese Morgan
November 22, 1957 – April 17, 2019
Mary T. Morgan, known as “the Mary Poppins of Marketing”, a loyal alum and fan of both Michigan State and Duke Universities, and proud aunt of four accomplished nieces, passed away on April 17, 2019 after a bold and courageous battle with cancer. Mary will be lovingly remembered for her ability to live life with great presence, thoughtful purpose and unchecked passion, by her brother Bill (Sue Morgan), sister Martha, and four nieces – Ruth Ngouon (Kosal), Molly, Jennifer and Stephanie. She was predeceased by her mother Helen Elias Morgan and father William Herbert Morgan.
Mary was born in Pontiac Michigan and was described by an early teacher (Joni Mitchel’s mom) as her “Scout” due to her unusual intelligence, confidence, and rightfulness. These traits were apparent when at the age of 11 she won the MI State Swimming Championship against the state’s top young female swimmers, many of whom were older than her. Mary attended Rochester Adams High School and continued to swim, play tennis and sing in the choir, where she was pleased to be seated next to another famous alum – Madonna, of whom she was a lifelong fan.
Mary graduated from the Honors College at Michigan State University in 1979 and was named to “Who’s Who Among Colleges and Universities” for her many outstanding leadership roles. She received an MBA from Duke University in 1981, where she was the class President and a loyal basketball fan.
Mary began an illustrious marketing career with the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati where she worked on the company’s iconic brand Ivory Bar Soap. After P&G, Mary was hired by Kraft Foods and was the marketing driver on a number of their grocery products. She worked closely with Advertising Agency Leo Burnett and was part of the philanthropic team that developed the award winning “Be Somebody” campaign for the American Red Cross.
In 1992, Mary started her own company – The Morgan Network, a marketing and brand development advisory that contributed to global growth for multi-national companies including Mars, Kraft, ConAgra, Royal Numico, Novartis and AT&T, to name a few. Her business brought her to many exciting international destinations, and while she was a proud and patriotic American, she showed particular fondness for the people and cultures of the Netherlands and Brazil.
In 2014, together with Brian Camastral and Bernie Lodge, Mary founded Trynamic Partners – a growth accelerator for private companies seeking to secure a meaningful long term legacy. This proved an exciting addition to the work Mary was doing in the public sector and presented some of the same challenges she saw in her family’s business – Big Boy Restaurants. And while she was always on the go from one business opportunity to another, Mary found an idyllic setting in Anna Maria Island, where she became a resident in 2015 spending winter months at the home of her best friend Andi. After many a long walk on the beach Mary would often exclaim the she was the luckiest gal in the world and blessed to have the magical life she had.
Our Mary, “the Mary Poppins of Marketing” will be deeply missed and forever held in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
William H. and Helen Elias Morgan (WHEEM) Scholarship
Allocation Code:A2001065 Michigan State University 632 Bogue Street, N505 , East Lansing, Michigan 48824
- American Cancer Society
Gates Philanthropy Partners
Attn: Global Finance and Accounting Services P O Box 23350 , Seattle, Washington 98101
Mary Therese Morgan
April 24, 2019
Mary’s parents, Bill and Helen, were good friends with my parents through their years with Avon Players.
As kids, my sister Nan, and I spent so much time with the Morgans that they felt more like cousins than friends - we were all about the same age. Mary would easily come up with ideas and games for us to play that would invariably end in laughter. Even as a kid, you knew her light would take her far in life. And that all who came to know her would feel the same: she was more than a friend. She was family.
To Billy, Martha, the great nieces and Andi, may peace be with you.
April 20, 2019
To the Morgan Family, to Andi, and to all those touched by Mary’s spirit: You are in our thoughts and prayers.
We are so deeply saddened and shocked to hear of Mary’s passing. We knew Mary through her parents, our dear friends, Helen and Bill. Like many, we too were marveled by all of Mary’s achievements. Aside from being so accomplished, we remember Mary as being loyal to her family. We also remember Mary as having a great sense of humor! Mary was a dynamic force and a trailblazer in global marketing. Her tremendous legacy will live on in her work, and, most especially, her family and friends. Please take comfort in knowing that Mary is now reunited with her loving parents. So many looked up to Mary Morgan, and will continue to do so. Again, we are praying for all those who love the incredible Mary!
The Cirar family -- Jim, Cindy, Jennifer, and Natalie
April 19, 2019
I just learned of Mary's passing. So sorry, Bill and Martha---and certainly the same to your extended families. Just hate cancer--which I lost my Mom to in 74 and my big sister in 13, besides other friends and extended family members. I so enjoyed your family and memories at HHSC, the tennis club and in Rochester. I looked up to your Dad and he was a bit of a mentor. Ran into Mary often at MSU and as fellow member of the Business School and Marketing Major. As a fyi, as a late transfer to MSU my jr year, your dad wrote a letter of recommendation to MSU, Business School and even helped me get in a dorm. I wanted to get closer to home and my dad, after my mom passed. Mary was special--as were your Mom and Dad. Thinking of you both! Jeff Cort
April 19, 2019
I think I've been friends with Mary forever. When I think of her, I recall her joyousness and love for living. I often recall Mary's 16th birthday party, held at the Elks, where her friends all received a special ceramic box covered in roses, shaped in a heart. I've kept that box for years, as a reminder of friendship and Mary's big heart.
I wish peace and the comfort of memories to family and loved ones.