Martha McCauley Morgan (1942-2024)

Martha McCauley Morgan, age 81, passed away on March 4th, 2024 from a lengthy struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. She was born on July 9, 1942 in Brooklyn, NY to John and Martha McCauley. She grew up and attended school in Baldwin, Long Island NY, graduating Baldwin High School as a National Merit Scholar. She enrolled in Hofstra College but did not stay long, as she met the love of her life, Stewart Morgan, over the religious books counter at A&S Department Store. Together, they moved to Southern California where they raised two daughters, Jennifer and Hilary. Martha ultimately received her Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Ecology from University of California at Irvine. She ended up working for UCI for 25 years and her last position was Assistant Associate Dean of International Services. Throughout her life, Martha made sure to make volunteering part of her life, most recently as a docent at the BeaverTail LightHouse Museum Association in Jamestown, RI. Upon retirement, they moved to New Jersey where they frequently went into NYC to see Broadway musicals, one of Martha’s favorite pastimes. They eventually moved to Rhode Island to be closer to their daughters.

Martha loved a good party, especially weddings. She and Stew could frequently be found on the dance floor. They also loved to travel together, play trivia, visit friends – many of whom she had since elementary school. She had friendships that spanned over 70 years and across the country.

Martha is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Stewart, her daughter Jennifer and husband Christian, her daughter Hilary and her fiance Bob, and her 3 grandchildren, Thad, Honour and Jack and three grand-cats. She is predeceased by her parents and her brother, John McCauley.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Maui Humane Society.


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  1. Ron Zinzer on March 8, 2024 at 7:11 am

    How fortunate Betsey and I were to have such a long and wonderful friendship with Stu and Martha.
    Starting at the Academy and then on the Duane when Stu and I were guarding the Atlantic and the girls would spend weekends together.

    We visited them in their beautiful homes; in Laguna Beach overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in their lake front Beach home, in their two homes overlooking the Jamestown River and lastly in Needham.

    They were so generous and loving to our daughter Kathleen. They invited her to stay with them for a summer in California before she found a residence as she procured her doctorate. Kathleen always tried to return a favor. So I’m sure that on Monday as Martha arrived at Heavens pearly gates, our Kathleen was there to welcome her to her forever home in Heaven.
    Stu, we are sincerely sorry for your loss.

    Ron and Betsey

  2. Sue Brayman on March 8, 2024 at 11:11 am

    So sad to hear of Martha’s passing. I know it’s been a very difficult and heartbreaking time for your family. Martha was such a lovely woman and I’m so glad I got to know her. May she be at peace now and the good memories will live on. Love to you all.

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