Ruth Morgan

No longer teaching, but still helping students

Ruth MorganThomas J. Morgan '66 was a man of many interests, from running marathons to deep-sea fishing. His greatest pursuit, however, was teaching English at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J. His partner in this adventure was his wife, Ruth, another member of the English faculty.

“Tom was never a spectator in life,” Ruth Morgan said. “If there was something he wanted to try, he did it, whether it was flying a glider, landing a trophy fish or traveling through China, Egypt or Europe.”

Morgan chronicled her husband’s passions in My Tom, a memoir about the adventures and opportunities he seized throughout his life.

Though Thomas Morgan died in 2000, his legacy at Lincoln High and Seton Hall lives on thanks to a scholarship established by his wife in 2006. The Thomas J. and Ruth W. Morgan Scholarship, which she renews every four years, funds tuition at Seton Hall for a Lincoln High senior.

“At Lincoln High School, there are many students whose families struggle with financial difficulties and would have trouble paying for a college education for their children,” Ruth Morgan said. “The Morgan Scholarship was the perfect opportunity for me to help perpetuate the education of a Lincoln High student.”

To ensure that students continue to benefit after her death, Morgan has created a bequest that will endow the scholarship in perpetuity. “By combining a current gift with a planned gift in my will, I truly believe that my gift will keep on giving,” she said.

At a Glance: Bequests

  • Charitable bequests are made by naming Seton Hall as a beneficiary in your will or living trust. This type of gift does not affect your cash flow.
  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime. You can modify your gift at any time should circumstances change.
  • You can direct your gift to the area of Seton Hall’s mission that is most meaningful to you.
  • We can provide you with model bequest language and will work with you on the details.