North Carolina Volunteer Of The Year Dies

The wife of one of Harnett County’s best known public officials died Wednesday, nearly four years after her husband.

Katie Owens Morgan died at the age of 94.

She was the proud wife of the late Sen. Robert Morgan, who died in the summer of 2016, but was well known throughout North Carolina on her own merit. Much of her work centered on her beloved East Carolina University where she graduated in 1946 when the school was still known as East Carolina Teacher’s College.

Morgan was named as one of the 100 Incredible Women of East Carolina in 2007. She was also a member of the university’s School of Education Hall of Fame. She served a total of 33 years in the public schools of North Carolina as a teacher.

Morgan was recognized as the North Carolina Volunteer of the Year in 1976 for her work helping to establish the North Carolina Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She also served on the board of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

She served on the North Carolina Veterinary Board into her senior years.

Other organizations which she contributed to included the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Governor’s Advocacy Council for Child Abuse, the President’s Committee for Handicapped Persons and the National Special Olympics Committee.

Morgan was known throughout her life for her active role in the community. She was recently seen at the Rotary Club of Lillington’s Cornelius Harnett Gala, held in February. Senator Morgan was a lifelong member of the club.

The pair lived in Buies Creek’s Keith Hills subdivision throughout their later years.

-Dunn Daily Record