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January 21, 2014
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Glenn Wilkinson Morgan M.D.

Lost a seven year, hard fought battle with cancer on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Glenn was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 7, 1947 to Dale and Louise Morgan, their second of four and first and only son. Glenn grew up in the Milwaukee area but suffered from severe childhood asthma. As a child he enjoyed playing baseball, his team, the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series in 1957. However he was often laid up in bed for days or weeks after playing or falling ill. Medicines were not available to him so he passed the time under labored breath memorizing statistics in world almanacs. His suffering as a child and his self-made memorization skills eventually led him to become an M.D. to help others.

Glenn graduated University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in June of 1969. He married his wife Gloria the same year; they had known each other as toddlers. He graduated from University of Oregon Medical School in 1973 as an M.D. and moved to Cooperstown, NY (baseball) where son Ryan was born. In 1975, the young family moved to Whiteriver, AZ where Glenn practiced medicine for the Indian Health Services on the Whiteriver Apache Indian Reservation. Son Jamison was born there. In 1977 the family moved to Keene, NH where Glenn, now a family practitioner, and Gloria, a busy young mother welcomed their third son, Douglas in to the world. In 1979 the family moved to Corvallis, OR where Glenn was also a family practitioner in Philomath. In 1984 Glenn began working in Emergency medicine in Coos Bay, OR and the family moved there. In 1985 he became director of the Douglas Hospital in Roseburg, OR from 1985 to 1987 before finally settling in Eugene, OR in the summer of 1987. Glenn was an Emergency Room physician at Sacred Heart Hospital from 1987 to 2007.

Privately, Glenn was an avid birder, history buff and world traveler. He and Gloria visited 55 countries around the world. His birding “Lifelist” has over 5,000 species. He reached his goal of seeing 50 species in 50 states in the fall of 2012. Glenn and Gloria spent a year touring the USA in a small motorhome playing golf in all 50 states in 2008. He published his first and only book, “Tour de Fore! Golf and History in 50 States” in 2009.

Glenn is survived by his wife Gloria of 45 years; sons: Ryan, Jamison Morgan M.D., and Douglas and their wives; eight grandchildren who loved him dearly; sisters: Barbara Morgan M.D., Suzanne Long and his twin, Betsy Graycerak.

A Celebration of Life was held on January 18 at the Willamalane Center in Springfield, Oregon.

Rest-Haven Memorial Park Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


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