A memorial service for longtime Hudson resident Margaret Clark Morgan is slated for Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at First Congregational Church of Hudson.
Mrs. Morgan, known as Peg, died Sept. 22 in Santa Rosa, Calif. where she lived since January 2011 near her daughter, Mary Graves, and Graves' family of three children and three grandchildren.
She was born in 1918, in Roanoke, Va. and grew up in Kent in a brick home built by her father, Howard Clark, who was a stone mason. The home was specially constructed to house her mother who contracted tuberculosis when Mrs. Morgan was a teenager. A porch was included in the house plan to provide fresh air for Ethel Todd Clark.
She graduated from the Kent Roosevelt High School as valedictorian of her class which earned her a one year college scholarship at Kent State University. She completed her college education at Miami University.
After college, she worked as an executive secretary with the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, It was there that she met her husband, Burton D. Morgan, who was working for the company as an engineer in the synthetic rubber department during WW II. They were married in Cuyahoga Falls in 1941 and after traveling to other locations for business, they moved to Hudson in 1959.
Mrs. Morgan was a descendant of the nationally known abolitionist John Brown. Her grandparents grew up in Hudson and participated in the Underground Railroad that facilitated the way for slaves from the South to find gainful employment in Canada.
Mrs. Morgan developed interests in bridge, supporting Blossom Music Center, Hopewell A Therapeutic Farm Community and the new Fashion School at Kent State University.
Mrs. Morgan was beside her husband as he built his career and fortune in Stow, with the establishment of the Morgan Adhesives Company in 1959. Now more than 50 years old, the company is connected with the Bemis Company headquartered in Neenah, Wis. now listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan made a sizeable contribution financially to the Hudson and surrounding community through their two foundations - the Burton D. Morgan Foundation which supports entrepreneurship and the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation that works to "improve the lives of people with serious mental illness."
According to a foundation spokesperson, "Margaret Louise Clark Morgan is to be remembered for her untiring devotion to her family and her community, her beauty, charm and grace, and her ability to stand up to a very successful and commanding husband who listened and cared for her deeply."