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Margaret Morrison, retired speech professor, dies

From Staff Reports.

Saturday, December 16, 2006—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

FAIRVIEW—Dr. Margaret Morrisson, a retired community college and state university professor, died Monday, Dec. 11, 2006.

Better known as "Maggie," Dr. Morrisson was the first speech communication faculty member at Ohlone College in Fremont.

Dr. Morrisson, who also taught at California State University, East Bay, retired from Ohlone in 2000 after a 27-year teaching career.

In 2004, Ohlone's Speech and Communication Studies Lab was named in her honor. The lab provides one-on-one training for people who need to prepare a speech for classes or public speaking event.

Dr. Morrisson was praised, at the time of the lab renaming, for her kind nature and the lessons she taught in one of her courses about relationships.

Her husband, Douglas, is a Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) director and the dean of local elected officials.

Douglas Morrisson, himself a retired teacher, has served continuously since 1962.

In addition to her husband, Dr. Morrisson is survived by a son, Douglas Jr., and two grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Maggie Morrisson Speech Lab, care of the Ohlone College Foundation, 43600 Mission Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539-0390.

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