Spring 2007

Hugh Morton: An all-time Carolina great

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Hugh Morton


Having risen through the ranks of the banking world to become CEO of RBC Beloved Carolina alumnus Hugh Morton died last year at his home in Linville. Morton worked to bring the battleship USS North Carolina home to the state’s shores and fought to preserve the beauty of Grandfather Mountain. In celebrating the state’s icons, Morton himself became an icon. He may be best known for the photographs that chronicled his 60-year relationship with UNC and the culture and natural beauty of our state.

His wife, Julia, recently donated his collection of more than 500,000 photos to the University Library’s North Carolina Collection (NCC). This astounding gift will add tremendous depth and breadth to NCC’s photographic holdings available for viewing, study and research.

Julia Morton has also established a professorship in the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JOMC) to honor her husband’s legacy, and the professorship fund has drawn an outpouring of memorial gifts from across the nation.

To support the Hugh Morton Distinguished Professorship, contact Speed Hallman, assistant dean for development in the School of JOMC, at 919-962-9467 or speed_hallman@unc.edu.

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