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Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse
The Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections would not be possible without the generous support from Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse.
Richard was born in Grinell, Iowa, on December 27, 1916. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin (1938), and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University (1942). Following distinguished service with the U.S. Navy in WWII, Richard held teaching positions at Iowa State (1945-47), Florida State University (1947-55), and Kansas State University 1955-87).
A lifelong advocate for families and consumers, his most notable accomplishments involved his tireless efforts to have legislation passed on the federal and state levels to benefit citizens in the areas of truth-in-savings and truth-in-lending. Richard held numerous important positions at local, regional, and national levels including President of Consumer Education and Protection Association for Kansans and U.S. Consumer Advisory Council member under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. He was a founding member of the Kansas Citizens Council on Aging.
Marjorie was born March 15, 1920 in Jefferson, Oklahoma. She graduated from Oklahoma State University with a bachelor's degree in human ecology (1941). While earning a master's degree in human ecology from Iowa State University (1942), Marjorie met Richard, who was completing his Ph.D at that institution and they married in 1943. She became an expert in childcare issues and held numerous positions in that area throughout her career. She began her support of libraries early in her career.
In 1987 Richard retired from K-State and donated his personal papers to the Special Collections Department and collaborated with the staff to establish the Consumer Movement Archives as a repository for the collections of other consumer leaders and organizations.
Following his retirement, he and Marjorie dedicated their time and energy to improving K-State Libraries as leaders in the Friends of the K-State Libraries organization and by enhancing the collections and programs of the Special Collections Department.
In recognition of their financial support of Special Collections and involvement with the Consumer Movement Archives, the Richard L.D and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections was named in their honor in 1997. During K-State's commencement activities in 2000, the College of Human Ecology bestowed its initial Public Policy Award upon Richard, and a Marjorie J. and Richard L.D. Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholar was established jointly by the Libraries, College of Human Ecology, College of Business Administration, College of Arts and Sciences, and Leadership Studies.
Richard passed away on June 3, 2000 and Marjorie on March 4, 2003. At the time of their deaths it was requested that memorial contributions be made to the Morse Department of Special Collections Endowment fund, or the Morse Family and Community Public Policy Scholar award.