He co-authored several books with his wife, Anne, “Oklahoma, a History,” commissioned as part of a series on the states and the nation in celebration of the Bicentennial of the American Revolution. He retired from OU in 1999 as George Lynn Cross Research Professor Emeritus.
Wayne was a consultant for the National Endowment for the Humanities and was chairman of the steering committee for the Oklahoma Governor’s Conference on Libraries and Information Services, a pre-White House Conference in 1977-78. He was editor in chief of “Newcomers to a New Land,” a series of 10 volumes on ethnic groups in Oklahoma, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. In 1997, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award as “Distinguished Historian” from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era.
He was a witty, convivial host to his many friends, colleagues and former students, whom he loved to entertain, the Morgan home becoming known for good food and lively conversation. Wayne was devoted to a succession of fortunate cats he and Anne rescued and who, henceforth, led enviable lives as part of the family. For those he could not rescue, he became an advocate through Norman’s Second Chance Animal Sanctuary, where he served the board of directors as a longtime member and president.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Dr. Anne Hodges Morgan of the home; a brother, Richard Morgan of Pine, Ariz.; a sister-in-law, Sandra Hodges Gamal and her husband Saad Gamal of Cairo; two nephews, Sherif Gamal of Arlington, Va., and Hazem Gamal and his wife Elizabeth of West Orange, N.J.; and two nieces, Kelly Clark and Tracy Williams of Phoenix. The family wishes to thank their devoted friend, Maria Medina, for her loving care of Wayne during the last weeks of his illness.