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Funeraria del Angel Tucson

7 East University Blvd, Tucson, AZ

OBITUARY

Morgan Maxwell Jr.

August 25, 1928July 26, 2020

Morgan Maxwell, Jr. died at his Tucson home after a long illness on July 26, one month before his 92nd birthday.

Morgan was born Okmulgee, Okla. on Aug. 25, 1928 to a family of educators who moved to Tucson when his father, Morgan Maxwell Sr., became principal in 1940 of Dunbar, a segregated TUSD school. His mother, Kathryn, was the only Black teacher in the Marana School District who regularly visited the cotton fields, urging families to enroll their children. Morgan’s father, the namesake of Maxwell K-8 School, helped convinced TUSD to desegregate its schools three years before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned school segregation.

Growing up in Tucson, Morgan remembered a culturally rich Black community, where visiting Black dignitaries stayed with local families due to hotel discrimination.

Morgan graduated in 1945 from Tucson High School, which inducted him into the Hall of Fame in 2004. While traveling with the school football team, Morgan was denied lunch service at the Gadsden Hotel in Douglas. Coach Rollin Gridley and the team left the hotel in protest, opting for a park picnic instead. Tucson High beat Douglas.

While studying at the University of Arizona, Morgan led the way in desegregating the UA lunch room. In 1947, fellow students, Morris and Stewart Udall, walked into the dining hall with Morgan, insisting that he be served. Morgan earned a finance degree from the UA in 1949 and an M.B.A. in finance from USC in 1955 after serving two years in the U.S. Army.

He studied at NYU and taught at historically Black colleges before returning in 1961 to Tucson, where he started a real-estate appraising business. He was the first Black Arizonan approved as a fee appraiser for the VA and FHA and was appointed deputy state treasurer in 1967.

A leader in the local Civil Rights movement, Morgan co-founded the Tucson chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. He served as chairman of the state Civil Rights Commission under two governors and was a lifetime member of the NAACP. After retiring, he was treasurer of the Dunbar Coalition, which restored the Dunbar School into a cultural center. He also was a member of the Southern Arizona chapter of the National Buffalo Soldiers Ninth and Tenth Calvary Association.

Morgan started the Tucson chapter of the National Stuttering Association and conducted workshops across the country to aid children and adults. He was a board member of the Little Chapel of All Nations and served as an Arizona Historical Society docent.

Morgan was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Angela; and stepson, Donald Figarelli. He is survived by his wife, Ingrid; sons, Morgan Maxwell III (Michelle Vaughn) and Martin Maxwell (Paula Schuh) and three grandchildren. Morgan and Ingrid enjoyed traveling to many parts of the world together.

The family will hold a private service, followed by a memorial at a later date. Donations in Morgan’s memory can be made to the Dunbar Coalition or Casa de la Luz Hospice. Arrangements by FUNERARIA DEL ANGEL TUCSON.

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Tracee Meyn (Hollins)

August 4, 2020

Buddy Maxwell was the sweetest guy. Friends with my mother, Barbara Lewis, Buddy and me had several great talks at different Dunbar reunions, where told me about his life and his father, and his life at Dunbar.
I loved his cactus jelly. I still have a $2 bill from Buddy!
I am very sorry to hear of his passing. My prayers for his family.

Tracee Meyn
Oslo, Norway.

Lin Gilliland

August 3, 2020

Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell were neighbors of my grandmother when she lived on Calle Kino. I used to visit my grandmother every summer and walk through the backyard down to their house so that i could look through Ingrid’s book collection and borrow romance books through summer. Mr. Maxwell would always take the talk to me and ask me how i was doing. I did this from 12 though my college years visiting through the years. Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell were such good friends of my grandmother and have been there through many of my fondest memories growing up when she lived there. I will miss him and have the fondest memories of time talking. Love Lin

Bill Carroll

August 3, 2020

I currently own, and live in the house at 920 N. 10th Avenue that was once the home of Morgan Maxwell's family, as well as Dr. Dixon's. As a new arrival in Tucson, I feel pleasantly surprised, and very privileged to live in this amazing and holy house, which is so well designed, and so well sealed up. Since I've lived here since June 2016, I've seen about 6 or 7 insects in the house. I could actually leave food out without any worries about bugs getting into it. I'm proud to be the owner of this house, and will endeavor to keep it up. Thank you Morgan Maxwell for all the gifts you have left us.

Smithie Dunn

August 3, 2020

I am so very sorry for your loss. I send sincere Blessings to you and your family.

Darrell Bakeman

August 2, 2020

Ingrid,

I am just learning of the death of your beloved Morgan. My heart aches for you.

I am reminded of how we met walking at the Tucson Mall. From this connection grew many conversations and celebrations. I will always remember coming to your home and enjoying your hospitality and the many people that had gathered.

I feel so blessed that God saw fit to place the two of you in my life. RIP, Morgan as your life is well lived!

Darrell

Clifford Richardson

August 2, 2020

My wife (Judy) and my self's special memory is Morgan and his sons coming to my father's Christmas party at Motor Sport Ltd. Morgan is one class act.
May he fly high with the angels.
Our condolences the his family.
CLIFFORD AND JUDY RICHARDSON

Lori Meents

August 1, 2020

I along with my family were very fortunate enough to meet this kind man and his wife.. Ingrid and Morgan Maxwell. We had known you ever since the late1980s When we moved to Tucson. They were very much A beautiful part of our lives they shared with me..when I married they celebrated. They shared with us our losses and always when I visited them Morgan was a treasure showing me his library and books and just sharing themselves .. Mr. Morgan Maxwell we celebrate you for enriching our lives with knowledge and your love and support for our family.. Your loss is our loss and we are better people for knowing you.. Rest in peace Morgan. To you Ingrid and your family.. I support you

Cynthia Alexander-Green

August 1, 2020

My deepest condolences to Morgan's family. I had the pleasure of serving on the Dunbar Alumni Committee with him for several years. Morgan was a very kind gentleman and a pleasure to know. He will be deeply missed.

Patti Pranger

August 1, 2020

Morgan and Martin,
You may remember me , I babysat both of you when we lived in the Oracle Heights neighborhood ,last name was Cubberley.
I have fond memories of your parents and you two. Your mother had such class, and your father was always kind and interested in what was going on in my life .
When I traveled back to Tucson over the years I tried to visit your father when I could .
I wish you healing and memories that will carry you through “such a time as this .”
What a legacy ! I have no doubt both of you are furthering all that your parents instilled in you .
Much love ,
Patti

Paula Aboud

August 1, 2020

The passing of an icon...Morgan Maxwell was a man like no other. He knew and liked so many people and was so warm and friendly and was so involved in life. It seemed he had a thirst for making a difference. He seemed to understand what was needed and took action in a way that made a difference, no matter what area of life. I was in politics and met him and his wife Ingrid at local political events. He was so welcoming, friendly and supportive. He knew what I needed was connection with voters and he always had ideas on how to help me. I got to know Morgan better when I learned of our Tucson High School connection and that he knew my brothers through the THS Badger clubs. That deepened our connection. Then learning his family's history in the community and his involvement with so many groups, especially with the Dunbar foundation, made me proud to know him. I truly loved that he wanted to include me in his life. I regret not keeping better ties with him and his family. I send my deepest condolences to Ingrid and children. He leaves a big hole in so many lives and in so many communities. Bless him always and bless you all. A Tucson icon.

FROM THE FAMILY