Doyle Morton

It’s been two years since PSU alumnus Doyle Morton passed away, but his niece can remember his love and generosity like it was yesterday.

“He did so much for us and was a very giving, hardworking man,” said Nancy Moyer, recalling her mother’s brother. “When my parents passed away, I was supposed to take the piano but didn’t have room for it in the house. I remember him writing us a letter saying that if we wanted to build an addition onto our house in order to make room, he would pay for it. He was always so kind to us.”

Morton, who finished his BS in business administration in 1955, saw much of the world during his 79 years. Born in Moline, Kan., he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After finishing his degree, he went to work for the former Amoco Production Co. (now BP), a job that led him to live in Trinidad, Madagascar, London, Egypt and Iran. He retired to Texas in 1989.

Pitt State this spring experienced the great generosity his family had always known. Morton left a portion of his estate to the university – nearly $900,000 in total – to go toward business scholarships (the amount was added to a scholarship fund he had set up in 2007). The gift is the second largest ever made to the College of Business, and the third largest received by the PSU Foundation since its inception.

“He was big into education,” said Moyer, whose family was honored at the spring College of Business banquet. “After he passed away, we found lots of correspondence and personal things that had the PSU emblem on them. Those were the things he had saved, because PSU was important to him.”