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In Memoriam: Margaret Morrison

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Dr. Margie MorrisonMargaret (Margie) Morrison, professor and director of the School of Advertising and Public Relations, passed away Mar. 11, 2013. 

Morrison served as director since July 2012.  She was interim director of the School from July 2011 to June 2012.  She joined the UT faculty in 1995 and completed her doctoral degree in advertising from the University of Georgia the following year. 

“Margie was a wonderful friend, colleague, and teacher in our College,” said Mike Wirth, dean of the College of Communication and Information. “Words are inadequate to express the sorrow that we all feel.”

Morrison taught courses in media planning, creative strategy, and advertising campaigns. She won the College’s teaching award in 1996 and 1999.

Prior to her academic career, Morrison worked as an audience research analyst with MTV Networks. She also served as a consultant for the US Department of Justice.

Morrison's Memorial

A celebration of Morrison’s life was held on Sunday, Mar. 17.  A large gathering of her friends, family, students and colleagues came together to remember Morrison.  Several individuals eulogized her positive impact on their lives.  Morrison’s professor and mentor from the University of Georgia, Dean Krugman and his wife traveled to Knoxville to offer their condolences. 

To honor of the impact Dr. Morrison had on the UTK College of Communication and Information community, a memorial fund has been established.  Memorial gifts may be made by check to the University of Tennessee “Dr. Margie Morrison Legacy Fund” (RESTR_CCI2) at the College of Communication and Information, 302 Communications Building, 1345 Circle Park Drive, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996. Donations can also be made online. Once the fund reaches the $25,000 threshold, it will become an endowment.