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 Marjorie <I>Rogers</I> Morris

Marjorie Rogers Morris

Birth
Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas, USA
Death 17 Jun 2001 (aged 93)
Odessa, Ector County, Texas, USA
Burial Odessa, Ector County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 52846881 · View Source
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Educator. Marjorie Morris, English professor at Odessa College for over twenty years, wanted to have a replica of the original Globe Theatre in West Texas. She personally managed to get donations and grants from individuals and private foundations including the Houston Endowment, the piper Foundation, Texas Electric Service, Sid Richardson Foundation and many others. Her dream finally came true in the 1960's when the Globe Theatre, a 410-seat octagonal theater opened as a non-profit organization. Every summer a group of actors from New York arrive in Odessa, Texas to present the Shakespeare Festival. The Globe has also has community theatre performances through out the year using local volunteers. Not content to stop with the Globe Theatre, Mrs. Morris then started on recreating Ann Hatthaway's Cottage, a replica of the childhood home of Shakespeare's wife. The Anne Hathaway Library is next door to the Globe of the Great Southwest in Odessa, Texas. The Globe Theatre, in conjunction with the National Shakespeare Company of New York, bestowed upon Mrs. Morris the title of Lady Morris on April 21, 1990, for all the service and devotion she had contributed to the Globe Theatre. The Odessa Cultural Council awarded her its Founders Award, and she was honored as the Lady of Odessa while she was teaching at Odessa College. Mrs.Morris held a B.A. and M.A. from North Texas State University. She had also studied at Yale University, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., the University of Southern California and the University of Birmingham, England where she attended the University's Extra-Mural School of Shakespeare in the British Embassy at Stratford, England. She was listed in "Who's Who in American Women," "Who's Who in American Education," "World Who's Who of Women," "Texas Women of Distinction," "Who's Who in the South and Southwest," "The Golden Book of Texas Federation of Women's Clubs," and "The Royal Blue Book." She was a life member of The Globe Board of Governors. In 1967 the Texas Historical Commission presented Mrs. Morris and the Globe of the Great Southwest with a Historical Marker. The marker is located on the north wall of the Globe of the Great Southwest, on the Odessa College campus. The marker reads: Mrs. John L. Morris (Marjorie) Originator, promoter of the glove of the great southwest, world's most nearly authentic replica of the globe theater in England made famous by the plays of William Shakespeare. Mrs. Morris was educated at north Texas state university and joined the English faculty at Odessa college. In 1961 the college named her "Teacher of the years". She was honored 1961 as an outstanding teacher in Texas college. She also founded the permian basin museum and area "writers' roundup" contest, both of which are sponsored by Odessa college. Outstanding women of Texas series, 1967.


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  • Created by: rebekahpaw
  • Added: 25 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52846881
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Marjorie Rogers Morris (23 Aug 1907–17 Jun 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 52846881, citing Sunset Memorial Gardens, Odessa, Ector County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by rebekahpaw (contributor 47146422) .