Eight Bells: Barbara Morgan

Published on May 27th, 2015

On May 24, 2015, Barbara Morgan (nee Angus) died peacefully and bravely on her own terms in Kingston, ONT. She was 84 years.

Born on February 17, 1931 in Missoula, Montana to the late Dr. William and Dr. Margaret Angus, the family was a force to be reckoned with racing sailboats at the Kingston Yacht Club. Barabara is pre-deceased by husband and partner of more than 60 years, Owen Bentham Morgan (1928-2011).

“Their family boats were iconic around Lake Ontario and every trophy means something more because of the great families around it who nurtured sailing,” shared Gregory Scott. “Barbara and Owen were a huge part of sailing on the lake and with the evolution of the CORK events in Kingston. Guys get lots of credit from “that era” but it was women like Barbara that drove the ship. Her house was full of kids when it was a kid event and adults when it wasn’t. She was home base to so many. We all know her around the world both literally and figuratively… without Barbara sailing just would not be. Her culture of women that supported sailing is really iconic. We all thank her.”

Also a key volunteer at the 1976 Sailing Olympics, Barbara is remembered for her keen wit and terrific sense of humour. More details here.

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