Lenoir-Rhyne University recently announced Richard (Dick) Warren Morse signed an agreement to create an Endowed Faculty Chair in Psychology.
The gift is being given in memory of Clarence M. Cooke and Grace Bowman Cooke, parents of Dick's late wife, Walena Cooke Morse. Both Clarence and Grace graduated from LR in 1929 and instilled in their children the value of education along with a strong work ethic.
"Walena's parents came from modest means and graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne College," Dick said. "Armed with their LR educations, they had long and rewarding careers and wanted the same or better for their children."
Walena graduated from Duke University and earned a Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr College before pursuing a career as a professor of psychology at West Chester University, where she taught for 40 years. Dick's idea to bequeath an endowed chair was birthed through Walena's life's work in the field of psychology. Upon the death of Dick, the Endowed Faculty Chair in Psychology will be established.
University President Dr. Fred Whitt and The Reverend Dr. Robert E. Allen, Executive Director of Advancement Relations visited Dick in Colfax, N.C., where he currently resides to sign the official agreement. During this visit, Dick noted, "This is the fulfillment of a very long wish for me and Walena."
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Dick attended Purdue University and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He spent 40 years working for a mechanical contractor in Wilmington, Delaware, which is where he met his wife.
"We extend our gratitude to the Morses for their example of profound stewardship by memorializing Walena's parents with their gift," Dr. Whitt said. "In time, their gift will establish a chair in LR's psychology department."