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L. Richard Morgan, M.D.

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L. Richard Morgan, M.D.
1935 - 2016

L. Richard Morgan, MD, 80, having lived for many years in Chico, California, died Thursday April 21, 2016. Dick was born Oct. 8, 1935 in Karval, Colorado. He attended both undergraduate and medical school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Morgan served his internship and general surgery residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco. After completing his training at Letterman, he went to work in a special trauma unit in Vietnam. Having seen many wounded soldiers, Dick was stimulated to enter and complete a plastic surgery residency at the prestigious Barnes Memorial Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Having completed his training, Dr. Morgan became Chief of Plastic Surgery at Valley Forge Medical Center. Dr. Morgan returned to his home state of Colorado to become Chief of Plastic Surgery at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Aurora, CO. Although remaining a reserve officer, Dr. Morgan retired from active military duty and opened a private plastic surgery practice in Chico, CA in 1974. Dr. Morgan was Board certified in general surgery and plastic and reconstructive surgery. As a result of his Vietnam experience, he elected to concentrate on hand and maxillofacial surgery. Dr. Morgan treated wounded U.S. military from Bosnia, Desert Storm I, and Special Forces units worldwide. He instructed in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Advanced Burn Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Combat Anesthesia. Dr. Morgan was a member of the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the Royal Society of Medicine. He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the American Cleft Palate/Craniofacial Society. Dr. Morgan was integral in starting and operating the burn unit at Chico Community Hospital, serving severely burned patients across northern California until the hospital's closing. Prior to his retirement in 1997 (as colonel) from the US Army Reserves, Dr. Morgan was a special assistant to the US Army Surgeon General. Over the course of his military career, Colonel Morgan received the Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Oak Clusters, the Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal. Dr. Morgan retired from private practice in September 2014. Richard is proceeded in death by his daughter Christina and is survived by Marilynn, his wife of 34 years, his daughter Bahra Flcher, son Sean (wife Amber), his son Peter, and eight grandchildren; Morgan Elizabeth, Philip, Max, Emily, Ashton, Jaxsann, Zachary, and Gracy.

Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Apr. 26, 2016

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