CARLUS D. MORGAN
Susmitted by Billy Hathorn, Class of 1966
Carlus D. Morgan (June 14, 1917 - October 18, 2007) was a retired Louisiana
educator who, at twenty-five, was the United States Army major in charge
of dignitaries at the Casablanca Conference of 1943. The conference met
between January 14-January 24, 1943, at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco,
then a French protectorate. Its purpose was to plan the European strategy of the
Allies during World War II. Present were U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt,
British Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, and General Charles de Gaulle,
leader at the time of the Free French. The Casablanca Declaration called for
the Allies to seek the "unconditional surrender" of the Axis Powers. The
conference was followed by later summit meetings in Cairo, Egypt, and Teheran,
Morgan was born in Webster Parish to Oliver Craten Morgan and the former Parma Rosana Armour. He first attended Louisiana College in Pineville but then completed his bachelor and master's degrees from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He was already teaching at the time he entered the Army. After the war, he became the principal of Heflin High School in south Webster Parish. In 1960, he was named by the Webster Parish School Board as the first principal of the then newly-opened Lowe Junior High School (since the Webster Parish Alternative School) in Minden. He served a year at Lowe, for he was named principal of Minden High School in 1961. He retired from the school district in 1971, with his final position being director of educational personnel.
Morgan and his wife, the former Marion Kirkley (March 9, 1925- June 1, 2001), had two daughters, Barbara Ann Morgan Bogan (1944-July 7, 2007) and Sandra Morgan "Sandy" Shepperd (born 1948), both of whom graduated from Minden High School when their father was principal.
On November 21, 1987, Morgan was narrowly elected to the Webster Parish Police Jury, the governing body of the parish, akin to county commissions in other states. He defeated his fellow Democrat, Joe Pearce, 473 (51 percent) to 463 (49 percent). He maintained a keen interest in rural development but decided not seek reelection in 1991.
Morgan died in a Bossier City hospital of complications from a fall. Services were held on October 22, 2007, with the Reverends Floyd Stratton, Ben Jordan, and Carol Heard officiating. Miss Heard had also been a Minden High School student during the time of Morgan's principalship. In addition to his daughter Sandra, Morgan was survived by two sisters, Maggie Mackey of Lafayette, Louisiana, and Eulyne Adkins of Shongaloo; a brother, Bill Morgan of Lafayette; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Morgan was a member of the Evergreen Union Church. Burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers included Webster Parish Superintendent Wayne "Butch" Williams and two former superintendents, Richard Noles and Matt Martin.
Barbara Bogan obituary, ''Shreveport Times'', July 9, 2007