The Clay High School Hall of Fame recently inducted its newest members, Marge Brown and Lawrence D. Morgan (posthumous).
Brown, nominated by Richard Goulet, served as a teacher, councilwoman and mayor. She attended Clay Elementary and graduated from the “new” Clay Senior High School in 1955. She went on to attend college under a two-year cadet scholarship, which required her to teach for two-years afterwards. Continuing on after that, she graduated from Mary Manse College and the University of Toledo. Her career in teaching spanned 39 years at schools that included Graytown, Jerusalem, Clay Elementary, Wynn, Eisenhower Middle School and St. Thomas Aquinas. In 1989, Brown entered into the political arena as councilwoman for the City of Oregon and in January 2002, she became Mayor, serving until December 2009. Among her accomplishments is the implementation of the Community Care-A-Van, which provides transportation to and from medical appointments. The service is supported by donations from the City of Oregon, surrounding communities, United Way, and van users. During her term, the Alzheimer’s Day Care Center at the Lutheran Home was begun, in conjunction with The Area Office of the Aging and the Lutheran Home.
|Lawrence D. Morgan||Marge Brown|
Brown currently serves on the Eagle Learning Center Board, the Cardinal Stritch/Kateri School Board, and the Oregon/Jerusalem Historical Society Board of Trustees. She works with TMACOG.
Morgan, a teacher/coach/assistant superintendent/student teacher supervisor who passed away in 2011, was inducted in the category of “friend.”
Morgan received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toledo and was serving stateside in the U.S. Army as World War II ended. In 1955, he was hired as an English teacher at Clay Senior High School and also served as both an assistant football and track coach. In 1962 he became the Assistant Superintendent in charge of Personnel and Curriculum until he retired in 1984.
Morgan touched the lives of thousands of students, athletes, parents and teachers throughout his tenure in the Oregon City Schools. The class of 1961 honored him by dedicating their yearbook to him and as they celebrated their 50th year reunion, he was chosen as the teacher who influenced their lives the most. He is credited with teaching his English students the beauty of grammar, the importance of the spoken word and how to enjoy all types of literature. As an administrator, he knew the curriculum from the inside out and was ahead of his time encouraging differentiated instruction long before it was the preferred method. Thousands of children benefited from the grants he wrote for remedial education.
Even in retirement, he continued to guide young people as a supervisor of student teachers, preparing them to enter the field of education by advising them on everything from classroom discipline to appropriate dress and then went on to guide them through the application/interview process.