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Terry Morgan

January 4, 2017

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Terry Albert Morgan left us too soon on January 4, 2017, at age 39. His death was sudden and unexpected. Born at home in Novato California on September 11, 1977 to Tim and Sharon Joslin Morgan. Terry was bright, inquisitive, verbal, imaginative, creative, and funny from the very start. He charmed most of his teachers from childhood through college, and excelled at most subjects, especially in the sciences. At age 11, learning how to extract DNA in a science class, he declared, “I’m going to be a genetic engineer,” and he was hooked. Terry flourished in his early years as his family moved from California to Maryland to Brazil, returning to Petaluma in 1989, where he attended Kenilworth Junior High, and graduated from Casa Grande High School in 1995. He participated in the school’s choir, took as many science classes as he could, and competed two years with the Academic Decathlon team. His love and curiosity for science continued until his passing. He was also active in Petaluma’s Boy Scout Troop 2 and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Terry attended Santa Rosa Junior College, then Sonoma State University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with distinction in 2005. A former employee of Alpha Labs, then Beringer Winery as a fermentation analyst, Terry started his career with Medtronic in 2005. As a chemist he worked in research and development in the cardiovascular integrated sciences group, and more recently as a study director developing devices for preclinical studies. He was always ready to help and mentor his colleagues, and motivated to develop new processes. Elucidating the unknown let Terry’s passion for science shine, and his legacy includes innovations that will save many lives. He married Lauren Chroninger in 2005 and they have two beautiful children, Lily and Jackson. They shared many experiences together, including traveling, entertaining, spending time with friends, and their passion for music. He was eager to teach his children everything from cooking to carpentry, computer games to camping. Backpacking from an early age with life-long friends, he passed his love of the outdoors on to his children, taking them rock-climbing in Yosemite for the first time last September. Terry was brilliant, rough around the edges and larger than life. He was an avid reader and enthusiastic project starter. He loved his family, was fiercely loyal to his friends, and was dedicated to sharing his passion for science with people of all ages. He had the best parties, cooked the best food, told the best stories and deeply impacted anyone who had the chance to share in a Terry conversation. Terry is survived by parents Tim and Sharon Morgan, sister Amanda Morgan, sister Jocelyn Arango, brother-in-law Martín Arango-Lopez and their children; long-time partner Lauren Chroninger, and their children Lily and Jackson Morgan. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, and many friends from all aspects of his life. A celebration of his life will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 1pm at The Roaring Donkey, 146 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, CA. The family welcomes submission of memories or photos to build an archive for his children. An account has been set up for Terry’s children. Please make checks payable to Tim Morgan, or go to gofundme.com/memorial-for-terry-a-morgan
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