Judith Morgan

Making the difference between dreams and realities

For 50 years, Judith Morgan and her late husband, Neil, followed the development of UC San Diego as journalists, while getting to know the faculty and the growing university. Judith wrote about the first class of undergraduates, who arrived on campus in 1964, and has remained closely connected to the university as a member of the UC San Diego Foundation board of trustees.

As ardent supporters of education and civic engagement, Judith and Neil donated their time and financial support to help ensure that UC San Diego fulfills the multidisciplinary vision of founder Roger Revelle, whose biography they co-authored in 1996. In 1995, the couple was presented with a Chancellor’s Associates Distinguished Service medal for their outstanding contributions of time, resources and creativity. Neil was also honored in 2000 with the inaugural Chancellor’s Medal, in part for his dedication to connecting the community and campus.

Last year, the couple once again showed their support for UC San Diego with the establishment of the Judith and Neil Morgan Endowed Fellowship to support up to two doctoral students annually in the fields of humanities and humanistic social sciences. The gift will help with archival or field research, dissertation support and student support in perpetuity to help the university attract and retain top graduate students.

According to Judith, the couple’s long-term connection with UC San Diego reflects values important to their family: civic engagement, global citizenship and love of learning. She is also proud to be a Chancellor’s Associate, she says, because the group “has remained a steadfast sounding board for the chancellor, spreading the word as university advocates, providing philanthropy to projects that have made a difference between dreams and realities.”