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Moment of Silence for Robert M. Morgan (1913-2004)

FALLS CHURCH, Va.--Robert "Bob" Morgan, 91, the author of the landmark book Water and the Land: A History of Irrigation, and president of the Irrigation Association in 1957, died March 18, 2004 in Oregon.

"He was passionate about this industry, probably as passionate as anyone I have ever known," remembered Tom Kimmell, IA executive director. "He loved it and was involved in it long after he retired. He was working to make the whole thing better and to remember where we came from."

Morgan majored in agricultural engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. He farmed family land for several years and was chairman of the northwest section of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, where he developed close ties with irrigation suppliers.

Morgan's interest in irrigation evolved from layout and design into a long and successful career in sales. He served as national irrigation sales manager for R.M. Wade & Co. in Portland, Ore.; national agricultural sales manager for Rain Bird Sprinkler Co. in Glendora, Calif., and agricultural sales manager for the Toro Co. in Riverside, Calif.

Mr. Morgan's grandly illustrated 200-page book, published by the IA in 1993, honored the innovators of irrigation development, including the products, management practices and applications. Mr. Morgan was also the association's historian and received the Industry Achievement award in 1989.

Morgan, who lived in Corvallis, is survived by his wife Wendy and son John of Emmett, Idaho.


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