George Orlando Morgan III died of Alzheimer’s disease on his 91st birthday, June 11, 2007, in LaNucia, Spain.
He grew up in Sewickley, Pa., and came to Princeton from The Hill School. George graduated with a bachelor’s in geology and began a lifelong musical career while a Triangle Club member.
During World War War II George served as an intelligence officer in the North African and Italian campaigns, rose to the rank of major, and later was military attaché in the U.S. embassy in Rome.
George’s business career was with the Aluminum Co. of Canada (Alcan) in the United States, Canada, Spain, and Switzerland. He held the positions of director and vice president in various Alcan subsidiaries. After his retirement, George and his wife, Marinka, moved to their home on Spain’s Mediterranean coast.
George immersed himself in Dixieland jazz and organized bands wherever he lived. His band of classmates, “The Eight Balls,” played at reunions for 33 years. While he could play many instruments, he chose the trombone and played with many jazz greats, including Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong. George was a class officer for many years.
Marinka survives George as do his three children and nine grandchildren, with whom the class shares the sorrow of his death.