San Diego author and journalist Neil Morgan dies at 89

San Diego author and journalist Neil Morgan dies at 89

SAN DIEGO – Neil Morgan, noted journalist, author and civic force in San Diego for more than six decades, died Saturday at age 89.

Morgan died at home in La Jolla after a long illness, according to his wife, writer Judith Morgan.

With his column, first in the San Diego Daily Journal and later the San Diego Evening Tribune, Morgan chronicled the city’s coming-of-age beginning after World War II.

“In quite suddenly becoming a metropolitan area, San Diego has accepted the missile, the atom, the laboratory, the campus and even a casual California sophistication, which World War II visitors thought foreign to its nature,” he once wrote.

Morgan was named editor of the Tribune in 1981 and remained in that position until the newspaper merged with the other Copley family-owned newspaper, the San Diego Union, in 1992.

With Morgan at the helm, the Tribune was known as a “writer’s paper,”…

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