Maurice Morgan

Bursary founder passes away

Alumnus Maurice Morgan (Biosciences, 1938), who established the ‘Anning Morgan Bursary’ to support students from Cornwall, passed away over Christmas, aged 100.

Maurice lived in Canada but was born in Cornwall and started the scholarship in 1990 in memory of his parents. The award provides £2,000 to support one postgraduate student a year and is restricted to any person ordinarily resident in Cornwall during their graduate studies and undertaking a programme at the Penryn Campus. Since the fund was established, many young people in Cornwall have gone on to achieve their goals with Maurice’s support.

The most recent recipient, Chris Trewhella, MSc Mining Engineering said: “Upon hearing the news I had been awarded the Anning Morgan Bursary, I was over the moon. As a third generation engineer, it has always been my dream to follow in my grandfather’s footsteps in attending the Camborne School of Mines and to have a successful career as a mining engineer, thanks to the Anning Morgan Bursary I am now one step closer to these goals.”

At the age of 80, Maurice enrolled in a PhD programme at Exeter and in 2003 he became the oldest doctoral graduate at the University.

His daughter Liz said: “Dad had a wonderful, very fulfilling life, and one of his proudest achievements was to receive his doctorate from Exeter University, his alma mater, the day before his 83rd birthday. We'll be bringing his ashes back to Cornwall in the near future in order to fulfil another of his wishes. He wanted his ashes scattered on the sea at Looe and as a Navy man himself and a true Cornishman, this seems very appropriate.”

Date: 17 January 2018

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