C. Curtis Morgan, 98, business owner and civic leader

December 16, 2005

C. Curtis Morgan, an Aberdeen business owner and civic leader, died of congestive heart failure Sunday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was 98.

He was born in Rocks, in northern Harford County, and raised in Carsins Run, near Aberdeen.

Mr. Morgan completed seven grades in a one-room schoolhouse and began full-time farm and hauling work at age 13.

He began selling Sinclair fuel products in 1936 and once owned eight service stations.

He owned C. Curtis Morgan Co., a home delivery business for coal and heating oil, which he expanded into a commercial fuels transportation operation. He also had an ownership in a real estate rental business, Baldwin Manor Inc.

Mr. Morgan was an Aberdeen commissioner from 1942 to 1944. He was a director, then executive vice president and chairman, of Aberdeen First National Bank. He also held posts with its successor, Equitable Trust Co.

He was a board member of Harford Memorial Hospital and the Upper Chesapeake Health System, and was treasurer of both.

He was a charter member and past president of Aberdeen Rotary Club and a charter member of the Aberdeen Moose Lodge.

He was a board member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County and was a charter member of the Ripken Museum's board.

Mr. Morgan also was a member of Aberdeen's Minor League Baseball Committee. In 2000, the Boy Scouts of America presented him with its Good Scout Award.

He played golf into his 90s and followed the Orioles and Colts. In the 1940s, he sponsored a softball team, the Morgan Burners.

Services were held yesterday at Grace United Methodist Church in Aberdeen, where he had been treasurer.

Survivors include his wife of 73 years, the former Dorothy Cord; two daughters, Nancy Morgan Burlin and Linda Morgan Lemmon, both of Bel Air; a half-sister, Gloria Morgan Bridgeman of Towson; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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