Hudson -- The family and friends of resident and philanthropist Margaret Clark Morgan remembered her many contributions to the community of Hudson after her death Sept. 22, 2013. She was 95.
A resident from 1959 to 2010, Mrs. Morgan was a descendent of Owen Brown, who moved to Hudson in 1805. Her ancestor, Jeremiah Brown, was half-brother to abolitionist John Brown. She had a strong interest in fashion and supported the fashion school at Kent State University.
In addition, the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation supported mental health issues, education and the arts.
Mrs. Morgan designed her own clothes and had dreams of becoming a fashion designer but married Burton D. Morgan in 1941 and had a family instead. He died in 2003.
J. R. Campbell, director of Kent State School of Fashion Design and Merchandising in Rockwell Hall, said both the Margaret Clark Morgan and Burton D. Morgan foundations contributed to the fashion school with a design wing on the third floor named for them. The stand-alone fashion school was started around 1983.
Through her foundation, Mrs. Morgan established a scholarship for fashion students.
In addition to fashion design, Mrs. Morgan supported the arts such as Blossom Music Center, and mental health issues.
Both Mrs. Morgan and her husband helped in the early years of the Hudson Bandstand Committee to establish concerts on the Green and continued their support through the years.
The Margaret Clark Morgan foundation donated $500,000 toward the new Hudson Memorial Stadium. Through the years it has funded many things related to education and mental health and wellness for the students.