Dr. Ira Lon Morgan passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, June 30th, 2005.
Lon was born in Fort Worth, August 3, 1926 to Ira Meeks and Winnie Mae Morgan. He spent his early childhood in Fort Worth. He attended school in many cities graduating in 1943 from Texarkana High School. During WWII he served in the Naval Air Corps stationed in the Pacific Theater. After World War II he enrolled at Texas Christian University.
He and Mary Massey were married in 1948 and he received his BA in 1949 and MA in 1951 from TCU. They moved to Austin to continue his education, and he received his PhD in Physics and Mathematics in 1954 from the University of Texas. His dissertation was entitled, "Gamma Rays from Proton Capture in C14." He majored in Nuclear and Atomic Physics and performed research in nuclear structure after assisting in the construction of the University of Texas first high voltage (atom smasher) accelerator at Balcones Research Center as an AEC Post Doc Fellow and Assistant Director of the Nuclear Physics Research Laboratory.
Dr. Lon Morgan founded and co-founded several business enterprises in the Austin and Central Texas area to include: Texas Nuclear Corporation, Columbia Scientific Industries, Scientific Measurement Systems and Integrated Digital Modeling Corporation. His last business endeavor, Advanced Molecular Imaging Systems Inc. based in Denton Texas, was founded for the manufacture and supply of radioisotopes to the nuclear medicine industry for diagnostic detection and therapy of cancer and other diseases.
Dr. Morgan was President of the Austin Chamber of Commerce in 1967 and Professor of Physics and Director of the Center of Nuclear Studies at UT-Austin from 1966 to 1976. He served as Adjunct Professor and Assistant to the Vice President of Research at the University of North Texas from 1987 to 1997. His association with the University of North Texas began in the 1970s as Co-Chairman of the International Accelerator Conference. He was on the original Board of Directors of the Allan Shivers Radiation Therapy Center, the Lay Board of Directors of Seton Hospital, member of Town and Gown. He was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society, American Nuclear Society and was appointed to many professional memberships and national committees as well as an elected member of the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C. He was also listed in many Scientific and Technology Registries. He has authored and co-authored over 120 publications and papers in Scientific journals. He established grants and scholarships at the University of Texas, the University of North Texas and Texas Christian University. He was dedicated to the growth of his profession and contributed greatly through his visionary efforts.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Massey Morgan; his daughter, Dr. Marilon Morgan, his son, David Stanton Morgan and his wife Mary Blair Morgan, his daughter Carol Ann Morgan, two grandsons, Graham Scott Raff and Ira James Morgan and his wife Melissa Morgan, four granddaughters, Avis Lynn Morgan and her husband Dwayne Crow, Kate Marie Morgan, Adrianne Michelle Raff and Jessica Morgan Raff, one great granddaughter, Trinity Morgan Raff; his brother, Wallace Morgan and wife Rosemary of Fort Worth and many nieces and nephews. He loved his family dearly and looked forward to family gatherings each Sunday.
For the last 22 years of his life he was devoted to his extended family, working with others in the 12 Step program of recovery, living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time and accepting hardships as the pathway to peace. The family wishes to thank their church family for their prayers and loving support during this lengthy illness. It is with special appreciation and gratitude that we recognize the devoted efforts of Dr. Thomas McHorse and Dr. Paul Harford; as well as the many physicians and nurses at Seton Hospital that provided superior medical care. Visitation will be on Saturday, July 2, 2005 from 6-8 pm at Weed Corley-Fish Funeral Home. Services will be Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at Highland Park Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Austin Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Seton Medical Center/Seton Fund, 1201 W. 38th St, Austin, TX 78705 Memorials and guestbook online at wcfish.com
American Physical Society (Fellow). Former Member, Selection Committee for Bonner Prize in Nuclear Structure; Former Member, Program Committee of Division of
Nuclear Physics; Former Member, Committee on Application of Physics.
American Nuclear Society (Fellow). Former Member, Executive Committee on Isotopes and Radiation Division; Former Member, National Committee on Honors and
A wards; Received the Exceptional Service Award in 1980.
Sigma Pi Sigma
American Institute of Management
U.5. Atomic Energy Commission, Advisory Committee on Isotopes and Radiation Development, Past Chairman.
Former U. 5. Atomic Energy Consultant; Former Member, Nuclear Cross Section Advisory Committee.
Former Member, Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility on Executive Committee Users Group.
Los Alamos Nucleon-Nucleon Physics Facility, Former Member Steering Committee.
National Bureau of Standards, Former Member Advisory Panel for Center of Radiation Research.
Consultant-Texas Radiation Advisory Committee.
Los Alamos Meson Physics Facility: Former member, Program Advisory Committee
National Academy of Science, Former Member Committee on Nuclear Science. American Society of Testing and Materials, Committee F-12 on Security Systems and Equipment.
American Society of Testing and Materials, Subcommittee El. 07, Standards for Computed Tomography.
American Society of Metals.
American Men and Women of Science
Who's Who in Science and Technology
Who's Who in the South and Southwest
Who's Who in Industry
Who's Who in America
National Register of Prominent Americans and International Notables.
Allan Shivers -Radiation Therapy Center, Board of Directors
Austin Chamber of Commerce, President 1967, Past President 1968, Board of Directors 1966-68; Past Chairmen's Council, 1986. Austin Citizens Committee.
Civitan International, Chapter Civitan of Year 1958-59.
Seton Hospital, Lay Board of Directors.
Town and Gown.
Great Hills Country Club, Board of Directors 1974-75.
Physics Instructor, Texas Christian University, 1949-51.
Teaching Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, 1951-54.
AEC Post Doctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, 1954-56.
Vice President and Director of Research, Texas Nuclear Corporation, Austin, Texas, 1956-61.
Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Texas Nuclear Corp., Austin, Texas, 1967-1966.
Vice President, Nuclear-Chicago Corporation, 1965-1968.
Board of Directors, Nuclear-Chicago Corporation, 1964-67.
President, Texas Nuclear Corporation, 1966-68.
President, Columbia Scientific Industries, 1966 to 1968.
Director, Center for Nuclear Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1968-73.
Physics Instructor, Texas Christian University, 1949-1951. Instructor of Freshman Physics Courses and Laboratory, Grader Advanced Courses.
Teaching Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, 1951-57. Instructor in Freshman and Sophomore Laboratory Courses; Instructor in Junior Optics Laboratory Course; Research Assistant for the Construction of 4.0 Mev Van de Graaff at The University of Texas Nuclear Physics Laboratory, Austin, Texas.
AEC Post Doctoral Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin, 1954-56. Research on Charged Particle Reaction, Neutron Elastic and Inelastic. Scattering, Nuclear Structure, Gamma Ray Spectroscopy and Nuclear Instrumentation. Assistant Director of Nuclear Physics Laboratory.
Vice President & Director of Research, Texas Nuclear Corporation, 1956-61
Founder of Texas Nuclear Corporation. As Vice President and Director of Research responsibilities included design and development of Research Program, facilities contract procurement, Long-range planning, research and research management, development of nuclear instrumentation products. Company growth increased from an annual rate of $700,000 in 1957 to $900,000 in 1967. Research programs included Nuclear Physics, Biophysics, Radiobiology, and Applied Physics. Products included Particle Accelerators, Nuclear Detectors and Instrumentation.
Executive Vice President and Director of Research, Texas Nuclear Corporation, 1967-66.
Managed all activities of Texas Nuclear Corporation, Research, Product Development, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Administration. Merged into Nuclear-Chicago Corporation in 1961. Built additional research and manufacturing facilities. Elected to Board of Directors of Nuclear-Chicago in 1964, responsible for Corporate Long-Range Planning in Physical Sciences. Elected Vice President of Nuclear-Chicago in 1965. During period, Texas Nuclear growth increased from $900,000 in 1961 to $1,700,000 in 1966. Research activities in X-ray, Atomic Physics and Theoretical Physics were initiated. A Product Line expansion in Health Physics instrumentation was marketed.
President, Texas Nuclear Corporation, 1966-68.
Managed all activities of Texas Nuclear Corporation, Research, Product Development, Production Engineering, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Administration. Merged Texas Nuclear-Nuclear-Chicago into G. D. Searle & Co. Built additional manufacturing facilities in 1967, doubling capacity. Growth increased to an annual rate of $2,700, 000 with the addition of Industrial Process Sensor Product line.
Professor of Physics and Director of the Center for Nuclear Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 1968-1973.
Developed $840,000 funded budget for 63 faculty, staff and graduate students in the areas of Low Energy Nuclear Physics, Medium Energy Nuclear Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nuclear Astrophysics and Radiobiophysics.
Graduate Research Council, The University of Texas at Austin, 1969-73
Founder and Chairman, Columbia Scientific Industries Corporation, 1968-76
Managed all activities of the company for Research, Product Development, Acquisitions, Manufacturing and Marketing of Analytical Instrumentation and Audio-AudioVisual Control Systems. Corporate growth increased from $300,000 to an annual rate of $3,000,000.
Director, Experimental Research, Center for Particle Theory, The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Physics, 1976
Director, Hospital Financial Corporation Laboratory, Balcones Institute for Research and Development, Balcones Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 1976-77.
Executive Vice President, SKM, Inc., Balcones Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin, 1976-79.
President, ILM, Inc. to present.
Executive Vice President and Director of Research and Development, Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas, 1979-80.
President, Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas, 1980-83.
Vice Chairman of the Board and Senior Vice President,· Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas, September 1980 to April 1984.
Vice President for Research and Development, Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas, April 1984 ta September 1985.
Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., Austin, Texas, September 1985 to present.
Scientific Measurement Systems, Inc., 2201 Donley Drive
Austin, Texas 78758 Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee Senior Vice President for Corporate Development
Chairman, Executive Committee for Security
Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee
Helium-3 Neutron Counter
Method for Pulsing High Voltage Accelerators
Nuclear Borehole Analyzer
Method and Apparatus for Tomographic Examination of an object by Penetrating Radiation.
Photon Counting in Tomography
Method and Apparatus for Measuring Radiation in Computer-Assisted Tomography and Radiographic Applications.
Over 100 publications in scientific journals, furnished upon request.
Ira Lon Morgan Photo and Document Album