UHV announces former first lady Mary Jane Morgan has passed away

A funeral for Mary Jane Morgan is pending
Mary Jane and Vic Morgan

Photo courtesy of the University of Houston- Victoria

VICTORIA, Texas- The University of Houston-Victoria announced Mary Jane Morgan, the former first lady of the University, passed away Friday night after a difficult battle with cancer.

UHV said that from the day she and her husband, Vic, joined UHV in 2014, she was an ardent supporter of higher education, the university, and the Victoria community.

“Mary Jane and Vic are beloved members of the UHV family, and our university community holds them both in high esteem,” UHV President Bob Glenn said. “We are heartbroken to hear of Mary Jane’s passing. She was an extraordinary, loving woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vic and the family as they navigate this difficult and painful loss.”

Before coming to UHV, she served as the first lady of Sul Ross University in Alpine, UHV said, where Vic was the president for 19 years. During the Morgans’ 40 years in Alpine, she served in many capacities, including as a trustee on the Alpine Independent School District Board of Education, program coordinator for Leadership Big Bend, Texas district governor of Pilot Club International, full-time booster for Sul Ross and Alpine High School activities and athletics, and even delivered for Meals on Wheels. In 2004, she was named Alpine’s Citizen of the Year.

To honor the work the Morgans did for the Alpine and Sul Ross communities, the university named the Vic and Mary Jane Morgan University Center in their honor.

When the Morgans moved to Victoria in 2014 when Vic was named UHV interim president. UHV said that during her six years in Victoria and four years as UHV’s first lady, Mary Jane served on the boards of many organizations, including Theatre Victoria, Victoria Bach Festival Endowment, Victoria Independent School District Education Foundation, Mid-Coast Family Services, Pilot Club of Victoria, and the Victoria Symphony. She also was president of the Victoria Symphony League and enjoyed playing mahjong, participating in church activities, and having lunch with friends.

In order to honor her and Vic’s service to UHV and Victoria, community members donated to the university to name the Dr. Vic and Mary Jane Morgan Counseling Center inside UHV University Commons, 3006 N. Ben Wilson St. The Morgans were part of a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new student center and library in August 2019.

UHV said that funeral services for Mary Jane Morgan are pending.