Ray Morgan: SEBA Volunteer
of the Year 2003
The SEBA Community mourns the loss of one
of our BEST, Ray Morgan, who left for glory on Wednesday April 30, 2008.
Ray, a.k.a. Professor Ray, who some would call bluegrass musicologist
extraordinarie, contributed regularly and was instrumental in our
newsletter the SEBA Breakdown earning its award winning status.
about memorial service
5/08/08 in the SEBA Forum.
"Those of you who knew him would confirm his love of all things bluegrass."
SEBA Board of Directors Chairman Emeritus Bob Saturn said, "He wrote many
reviews and observations of our great music."
Professor Ray suffered a terrible fall in November which led to
complications, hospital confinement, and attempted rehabilitation at a
nursing facility. Ray’s appearance at WRFG annual Peachblossum bluegrass
festival here in Atlanta earlier in April brought hope for a full recovery.
At 5:30 AM on Wednesday April 30, 2008 Ray left to be among all the
“Bluegrass Greats Gone” who, it is hoped will grant him an interview.
Former SEBA Board of Director Mike Soucie stated in tribute that Ray Morgan
had a unique gift, “the ability to relate to people and convince them that
he was their biggest fan - which he was.”
“Ray had so much love for bluegrass music that I believe he was probably
everyone’s biggest fan.” Soucie said “he could actually get one to think
that they could play with the best of them.”
Nancy Caldwell of IBMA said that Ray was a journalist who always paid
careful attention to detail and accuracy. “Writers don't usually have fan
clubs--but I had my mother and Ray Morgan!” Caldwell said. “I'll miss him.”
IBMA Board Representative of Print Media/Education Stephanie P. Ledgin
called Ray one of the most enthusiastic supporters of bluegrass she has
ever had the pleasure and honor to know. “A fascinating man with a unique
perspective about bluegrass music.”
From BluegrassMusicProfiles.com, Kevin and Lori Kerfoot named Ray as one of
those wonderful people that makes involvement in bluegrass so rewarding.
“Ray was always one of the people we looked for at IBMA. He loved bluegrass
music and loved to talk about it. We loved Ray and are going to miss him
very much. Bluegrass music lost one of its greatest fans!”
Ray Morgan long time member of the SouthEastern Bluegrass Association
pursued the bluegrass life style with vigor to the very end. If there’s
bluegrass in heaven, and what kind of heaven would it be without it, then
Ray Morgan sits in the front row, attentively listening, taking notes, and
eagerly awaiting our arrival so as to pick up the conversation where we
last left it.