“Both John and Tashia have this view that they’ve been fortunate—not just because of their own personal skills, but that life has been good to them—and they should give back. Their mission has been to make life better for others, and that’s what they’ve done.”
Carl Gulbrandsen, managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
Life has been good to John (’55 BBA) and Tashia (’55 BSE) Morgridge. For that they are grateful. This gratitude is seen in their desire to make life better for others. The University of Wisconsin-Madison has been the fortunate recipient of much of this gratitude. Most recently, they have endowed two professorships— one in the School of Education and a second in the Department of Geoscience.
The Tashia F. Morgridge Chair in Reading and Literacy supports an internationally recognized full-time faculty member with a vision for reading education.
In the Department of Geoscience, the Dean L. Morgridge Chair of Geoscience honors John’s brother, Dean Morgridge, who earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geology from the UW-Madison in 1953 and 1955, respectively.