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Not-so-mysterious benefactor revealed

March 13, 2009


So Cam, I see "Sponsored by the Lilla B. Morgan Fund" on all sorts of programs for different CSU events. Who's Lilla B. Morgan, and why does she pay for so much stuff?

Cam’s answer:

Lilla Graham (Bryan) Morgan was the wife of Colorado State’s eighth president, William E. Morgan (1949-69). As a true first lady of Colorado State, Lilla Morgan contributed to the cultural vitality of the campus and community, a lifetime commitment she shared with her husband. She realized the importance of surrounding communities to know and understand its University neighbor, and she worked tirelessly to support and advance that goal.

A consummate hostess, Lilla Morgan also served on the city’s Designing Tomorrow Today committee, and through that role she played an important part in the design and construction of the Lincoln Center, which opened in 1978.

After her death, the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Fund was established at Colorado State to provide funding for special lectures, exhibitions, performances, and artwork at the University. Examples of uses include visiting and guest lecturers or artists, purchases of art and rare books, landscaping, exhibits, performances, scholarships, awards, and many other uses that enhance the cultural awareness of the CSU community.

In his memoir, Visionary Leadership, written with the assistance of Connie Pfeiffenberger, Bill Morgan wrote: “Lilla was a learned woman who appreciated the fine arts and literature of the masters. She had a good mind and was very thoughtful of others. … She loved Colorado and Fort Collins and never wanted to leave, even though we had ample opportunities that probably would’ve been more remunerative.”

A quick scan of CSU’s archives reveals a small sampling of worthy projects funded or supported in part by the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Fund:

  • Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition
  • University Art Museum
  • Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising
  • Climate Change speaker series
  • author programs such as Writers on the Plains
  • artist exhibitions such as Art and Science Exhibition, Art in the Library, and Designing Women
  • scholarships through the Colorado State University Women’s Association
  • American West Program
  • speakers presented by the Creative Writing Program and Office of International Programs
  • International Reading Series
  • musical performances and renowned guest musicians

    Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Fund for grant applications.