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Remember Ed Morgan

Ed 1972

Ed 2006


When did you attend Priory

1970 - 72 


Who were your most memorable teachers?

Miss Webster. :-)



Who were your best friends at Priory?

Suzanne Bradley, Charles Carroll, Ernie Hedges, Tim Paulin, Jude Drapp, and so many more . . .  

Ed and Suzanne Bradley 1972


Charles Carroll


Who are you in touch with today?

Suzanne Bradley, Charles and Johnny Carroll and, of course, Stephen Smith. I've been meaning to contact many others, but I am a poor correspondent.

John Carroll


Who would you like to track down?

Jude Drapp, Ernie Hedges, Tim Paulin

Tim Paulin

Ernesto Hedges


What was the wildest thing you ever did at Priory?

I was never wild. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


What memories/views do you have of Priory?

What a time !!! There are so many memories and experiences that it seems scarcely possible that they all emanate from such a brief span of years. Priory was a special place where so many unique relationships began. So many kids from so many places with so many different points of view. Brought together through the inspired vision of one man, Henry Fowler, in a cooperative and supportive enclave where nothing was to be dismissed without examination, and the default perspective was openness and acceptance.

Priory was like a cafe at a galactic crossroads. Anything could happen, and often did. It was visited by the familiar and by those so foreign as to seem quite bizarre. Some were regulars, some were just passing through, but all shared a sense of optimistic wonder. Although I remember only dimly the academic elements I glean from my years at Priory, I am yet filled with a vital enthusiasm that was born in the idea that was Priory. Priory was, and remains, an inspiration.


Who was the craziest person during your time at Priory?

Mr. Patrick Bourke. There were indeed many crazy students, and some incredible escapades, but Mr. Bourke was the understated master.

Where do you live and what do you do nowadays?

Peru, Indiana. I mostly still stir the pot. I work as a corporate executive for a mid-size international company. I have built and sold a couple of businesses and served 24 years in the U.S. Navy's submarine service.


Tell us about any significant others

My wife Linda, and I, just celebrated our 30th anniversary at Cape Hatterras on the North Carolina outer banks. Not the place to be during a hurricane, but lovely during our visit. We have four children. Sarah, the eldest, is a fashion designer in New York. Emily is a retail manager in Bloomingon, Indiana. Bethany is in her third year of college at Indiana University.

The only boy, Michael, has just completed high school and is contemplating a move to Nashville, where he intends to apply his formidable guitar talents. The only guitarist. When he plays, he reminds me of Cat Coore (although we knew him then as Stephen) who made his guitar wail so many times for us. I especially remember him playing Santana tunes at Courtleigh Manor, and sounding more authentic than Carlos himself.



What do you think of the Priory Website?

The Priory website is such a gift. I congratulate and thank you, Stephen, for your labour of love. You have provided a medium for so many of us to reunite after so many years and so many miles.


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Published on the Priory Website Sunday 26th November 2006

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