Former Director of Education and Alumna, Carolyn Morrison, Dies
Former Peace College Director of Education and Peace College alumna Carolyn Morrison ’62, died on July 26, 2020. Carolyn attended Peace College from 1960-1962, earning an associates of arts degree. In 1964 she received a degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Chapel Hill. She then moved onto Duke University, where she obtained a master’s degree in elementary education in 1968, as well as a doctorate of education in supervision and administration in 1979.
Carolyn worked for the Wake County Public School System for 34 years. She worked in various roles in her education career, teaching grades first through third, elementary curriculum consultant, and principal to three different schools. Carolyn was deeply devoted to her students and tried to ignite a passion for reading in all of her pupils. Carolyn told the students of Lynn Wood Elementary that if they read over 300,000 minutes in seven weeks, that she would kiss a pig. Once they met their goal, Carolyn kept her promise and kissed a pig. She was so proud of their accomplishments that she told her husband, Fred, to include the picture of her and the pig and note her students’ achievements in her obituary.
In 1998, Carolyn retired from the Wake County School System. She joined the Campbell University faculty as an Associate Professor in the School of Education and led the Masters of School Administration Program. There, Carolyn received the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2007, she came home to Peace and served as an Associate Professor and Director of the Education Department. Carolyn is a former member of the University’s Alumni Board (1999-2000), Board of Visitors (2005-20011), a former Class Agent (1999-2000; 2002-2003), and Reunion Class Coordinator. She has also participated as a career advisor and mentor. In 2009, she joined the Education Advisory Council at Peace.
Carolyn took an active role in her community and was a devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church, Raleigh, serving as both an Elder and Deacon. She was instrumental in creating the church’s Child Development Center. She also served as a member of the N.C. Council for Women, Raleigh Woman’s Club, and was appointed to the Executive Mansion Fund Incorporated Board of Directors by North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper.
The Morrison Family are both champions of education and long-standing supporters of Peace. Carloyn’s husband, the Honorable Fred Morrison, served as the board attorney for Thomasville City Board of Education and solicitor from 1965-1969. They created The Carolyn Bond Morrison Endowed Scholarship for Education in 2008 to honor her love for Peace and passion for education. Fred named a room after Carolyn in the Lucy Cooper Finch Library in honor of her work with the WPU Education Program.