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CFMS President 1955 to 1956


Vincent Morgan

Boron has lost two of its much loved and respected Old Timers in the last four months. Mignonette "Midge" Morgan died October 27, 1994, and she was followed by her husband, Vince, on February 26, 1995.

When the Muroc Hospital District Auxiliary sponsored Vince and Midge for Old Timers of the Year in 1982, a newspaper story called the Morgans "special people". They were indeed. They were hard-working and civic-minded free with their hospitality, and willing to share their knowledge with anyone. Midge was known for her great and gently heart and her willingness to work for good causes -- especially for children. Vince shared her interest in young people, and was also a world renowned expert in borate mineralogy and chemistry.

Vince and Midge were both born in Los Angeles and attended school there. After high school Midge went to work as a clerk for the Los Angeles City Schools. During this time, she was active in Eastern Star, and rose to the office of Worthy Matron.

In 1937, Vince graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Chemistry degree. He got a job as a chemist with the Pacific Coast Borax Company in Boron. That started his life-long involvement with (both thelement and the town) and the borates(minerals, that is). His involvement with Midge occurred shortly after that. They met when midge was on a vacation camping trip, and they were married on October 10, 1941. That was the year the community of Amargo became part of Boron.

Midge moved to Boron and became a hard working member of the growing community. While she and Vince were raising three sons David, Vincent and Raymond - she also worked at PCB/US Borax Company for ten years in Safety and Security, and served for ten years on the Muroc School Board. She was also very active in youth activities as a Boy Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout Leader and a leader in the Boron Summer Parks and recreation program. During World War II she was active in the Red Cross. Some of the other activities Midge enjoyed were the Boron Garden Club, Boron Citizens and Dandi-lions. She also enjoyed making oil paintings of the desert she loved.

Shortly after Vince arrived in Boron he organized a Camera Club (1941), set up a darkroom and conducted classes in photo processing for club members. He ran the first indoor movies at the mine. He was active in the Boy Scouts, earned his Eagle Scout award; and for his work in scouting he was given the prestigious "Silver Beaver" award by the Kern Council of the BSA. Vince also was active in the Boron Lions Club.

Vince worked for PCB/US Borax for thirtyfour years. He started as a chemist, became the chief chemest, and retired in 1971 as a Senior Scientist in Engineering. For many years after that the company used him as a consultant.

He served a term as Chairman of the Mojave Desert Section of the American Chemical Society, and published numerous technical articles including the descriptions of the minerals Gerstleyite (with Clifford Frondel) and Tunellite (with Dick Erd). He was listed in Who's Who in the West, in American Men of Science and the Dictionary of International Biography.

Midge and Vince were charter members of the local mineral club, The Mojave Mineralogical Society, in 1941. Midge . collected small mineral specimens, known as Thumbnails. Vince collected larger specimens, and became known for his fine collection of borates. Vi nce was always willing to give a talk or show a display of Boron minerals. He came to be known as "Mr. Boron" in mineral collecting circles. He also was President of the California Federation of Mineral Societies (1955- - 56), President of the, American Federation of Mineral Societies (1957-58), Chairman of the AFMS Rule Committee for displaying, and an expert mineral judge.

When Vince wasn't working with his minerals, he was taking pictures - minerals, flowers and desert scenes. His Joshua trees against the sunset are memorable. There is a display of his work at the ' Twenty Mule team Museum. One of the Last projects the Morgans were involved with was the Twenty Mule Team Museum. Vince helped to rebuild the building that now houses the museum and he (and sometimes Midge) acted as Docent for a number of years. Midge and Vince were the people that every community needs, and they are sorely missed.

The Morgans are survived by their three sons, a granddaughter Janet Marsh,. grandsons Benjamin Morgan, Joel Morgan, Cameron Morgan, and great-grandchildren Richard Marsh, Bnxian Marsh and Jacey Marsh.

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