KU News Release


Sept. 14, 2009
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, (785) 864-8858

University mourns student Kara Morgan

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little issued the following statement today regarding the death of student Kara Louise Morgan, a junior from Lawrence.

“It is with a heavy heart that we offer deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Kara Morgan,” said Gray-Little. “On behalf of the entire university community, I send our thoughts and prayers.”

Morgan died Sept. 12 as the result of a car accident.

Added Louise Krug, Morgan’s instructor in English 102 last semester: “Kara was a delight to have in class. She was a happy, helpful, bright woman who saw the best in people. She was excited about her future and was working very hard to achieve her goals.”

Survivors include her parents, Bob and Connie Morgan of Holton; her paternal grandmother, Glenda Query of Puyallup, Wash.; her maternal grandmother, Thersa Wade of Holton; a sister, Jennifer Whitaker of Tacoma, Wash.; a nephew, Cooper Whitaker; and a niece, Caitlynn Whitaker.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 16 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will be in the Circleville Cemetery. The family will meet friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 15 at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to the Kara Morgan Memorial Fund, to be designated at a later date, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436.


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