Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan

. . . enrolled as a student. As Rick recalls, "I first arrived at Westmont as a student in 1979 so I have never known Westmont without Paul Morgan. In many ways I see the two as the same: a constant anchor in the midst of life's storms. Paul taught all of us well. To this day, I remember price elasticity, diminishing marginal utility and those pesky IS-LM curves, all of which help me frame my business ventures today (who knew?!)." Edd had special praise for Paul's scope of interests. "For the past 35 years," he observes, "Paul has been introducing students at Westmont to the economic way of thinking. He engages them in wrestling with applications of economic reasoning to a whole range of policy problems, from addressing the mounting federal debt to the challenges of reducing world poverty."

Students, colleagues, and family all mention Paul's gentle nature and humility. As Edd notes," Paul’s thoughtful, diligent, humble, and self-effacing manner models well the practices of a disciple of Jesus."

Paul's interest in economics is often blended with his love of nature. Jeannine remembers that he was known, for many years, as the "resident professor" of Carpinteria State Beach, not far from their home. "Every Tuesday and Thursday and many Saturdays Paul would load up his bike with his computer, beach back, umbrella, sunhat, water bottle, lunch snack and sunglasses and bike to the beach for a study prep time. He regularly set up shop in his 'beach office' and enjoyed the beautiful ocean, sunshine and economics all at the same time. Currently you might find him driving to Ojai to take up residence in a coffee shop after searching for the 'sunshine.'" Apparently, his love of the outdoors leads to a love of jackets ("one for every possible change in weather") and sunglasses ("for every shade of blue, or lack thereof, in the sky").

"I will miss Paul roaming the halls of Deane," Rick observes, "yet take comfort that he is but a few minutes down the road, leaning into his church, his family and his neighbors in his quiet but effective way. Paul, in the classroom and in life, taught me well."

Retirement may be awaiting, but Jeannine sees plenty of exploits ahead: "Paul loves God's creation. He stops to look at the flowers, and mountains, and oceans and sky. He likes to take videos of his life so he can experience the joy of the adventure again and again. Currently he is into making 'movies' of our travels. Paul loves to travel, and we have been to many countries with and without students, experiencing new and unique firsts. Paul is always up for a new adventure and loves to have a 'trip' waiting in our future."