University Launches Morse Endowment Campaign

01/18/2006
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LOWELL ߝ The University of Massachusetts Lowell today announced a $1 million endowment campaign named for F. Bradford Morse, the late congressman from Lowell and long-time United Nations official.

The F. Bradford Morse Endowment for the Study of International Relations, Sustainable Development and Peace at UMass Lowell will fund an annual distinguished lecture series and conference on the United Nations or a related topic and support UML’s award-winning student International Relations program as well as a model United Nations program for high schools organized by the University.

 Each year UML will present a distinguished guest who will offer a public lecture on international relations, sustainable development in a global context or strategies for achieving peace among nations. 

The endowment already includes $65,000, largely from an infusion of seed money from professors emeriti Dean Bergeron and Joyce Denning.  The goal is to reach $1 million in five years.

“The endowment will not only help sustain outstanding student programs but also will make UMass Lowell better known as a center for thoughtful and inspired discussion about international issues,” said Bergeron, who, along with Denning, has been a major financial supporter of the University’s programs in international relations and political science.

Morse’s widow, Josephine, said that she and her daughter, Stephanie, are “enormously pleased” about the endowment.

“Although my late husband’s international responsibilities took him around the world many times, he always had a special place in his heart for the people of Lowell, his hometown and where he began his career in public service,” she said.

In addition to the Morse Endowment, a faculty committee is exploring the possibility of creating an inter-disciplinary global studies program that would strengthen the study of world issues on campus. The committee will make a final recommendation to Provost John Wooding this spring.  

“It’s never been more important for students, teachers and citizens everywhere to understand the global dimension of actions, political changes, economic factors and cultural contexts in other countries of the world and the profound impact they have on daily life here in the U.S,” Wooding said.

“UMass Lowell is pleased to recognize F. Bradford Morse as an extraordinary leader in international and national affairs who consistently advocated for global understanding,” he added.  “This endowment will help future leaders make intelligent contributions to that understanding, to sustainable development and to world peace.”

Morse, who was born in Lowell, was a graduate of Boston University, where he earned his law degree in 1949.  He also received an honorary doctoral degree from UMass Lowell.  Before his death in 1994, Morse served as a Lowell city councilor, deputy administrator of the Veteran’s Administration and Fifth District U.S. representative from 1961 to 1972.  At the United Nations, he was undersecretary general for political and general assembly affairs, director of the Development Program and founder and head of the Office of Emergency Operations for Africa.  He led the review of the controversial Sardar Sarovar Dam Project in India for the World Bank, which exposed potential major environmental damage and mistreatment of indigenous people.

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