Hugh Jackson Morgan

(1893-1961)

Hugh Jackson Morgan

Dr. Hugh Jackson Morgan (1893-1961) was a professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt. He was also a Brigadier General in the Surgeon General's office during World War II.

Hugh Jackson Morgan

Hugh Jackson Morgan

Born and raised in Nashville, Hugh Jackson Morgan graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1914. A scholar-athlete, he played varsity football during his undergraduate years and was chosen an All Southern Center. He entered Vanderbilt Medical School in 1914. After two years, he transferred to Johns Hopkins where he graduated in 1918.

As a fourth year medical student Hugh Morgan served with the Hopkins unit in France during World War I. After the war, Dr. Morgan taught at Hopkins and at the Rockefeller Institute.

In 1925, he returned home to Vanderbilt as an Associate Professor of Medicine and ten years later became chair of the Department of Medicine. During World War II, Dr. Morgan was Chief Medical Consultant to the Surgeon General of the U.S. Army. In this position he planned and directed medical officer personnel throughout the war.

A former colleague wrote of Dr. Morgan, "He was a charming man with firm convictions. He was courteous, gallant, and had a warm twinkling humor. He was delicately sensitive to and careful of the smallest human weaknesses and respected the well-grounded opinions of others." Dr. Hugh Morgan's contributions to Vanderbilt were many. Perhaps his greatest achievement at Vanderbilt was establishing an outstanding department of internal medicine.

The Eskind Library also has a collection of Dr. Morgan's personal papers. For more information, please consult the Inventory of the Hugh Jackson Morgan Papers.

*"Memorial to Hugh Jackson Morgan" by F. Tremaine Billings, Jr., July 22, 1993.