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MORGAN WILKES WRIGHT (published on September 03, 2008)



MORGAN WILKES WRIGHT Morgan Wilkes Wright was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1921. He was a Navigator for the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Morgan earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at The University of Toronto where he also met and married his fellow student Marion MacDonald. Dr. Wright began his career in Regina. He was the founding President of the Psychological Association of Saskatchewan. Following his tenure in Regina, Dr. Wright was recruited to teach Psychology at the newly formed Department of Psychiatry at the University of Manitoba Medical School. Dr. Wright was the first President of the Manitoba Psychological Society. He worked tirelessly to persuade the University of Manitoba to establish Clinical Psychology courses. Once this was successful, Dr. Wright helped to establish and became the Director of the Psychological Services Centre, a clinic for the treatment of children and adults in Winnipeg. Known for his erudite and humorous lectures, Dr. Wright's classes on Freudian Theory were attended by students from many other faculties. Dr. Wright was the first recipient of the Clifford J. Robson Distinguished Psychologist in Manitoba Award from the Manitoba Psychological Society. One of Morgan's proudest achievements was his 1967 Centennial Project. He built an ocean-going sailboat with the help of a friend. The Ptarmigan was sailed and raced for 25 years from the Wright's island in Lake of the Woods. Morgan retired with his wife Marion to British Columbia in 1988. He was a member of the Maple Bay Yacht Club and was able to indulge his love of the sea in his Victoria condo, 100 feet from the Pacific Ocean. Morgan was much loved and will be missed by his wife of 59 years Marion, his children: Allan and wife Marcia, Henry and good friend Gail, Angela and husband Greg Reaume, his grandsons, Joel Wright, Luke, Kyle and Nicolas Reaume and many dear relatives and friends. Morgan's beloved son Bruce predeceased him in 1980. Morgan will be remembered for his generosity of spirit and wonderful sense of humor. He loved his job, his friends, his kids and especially his wife. In lieu of flowers, please go for a sail, enjoy a sunset and raise a glass to Morgan .


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