A Gift From The Heart - Morse honors father with gift to Mechanical Engineering

Author: written by Greg McClure
A Gift From The Heart
Although she has a long history of supporting Purdue University, Tamara Morse wanted to go further in commemorating the memory of her father, Frederick B. Morse.

Fred Morse helped pioneer the cooperative engineering program at Purdue while a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He administered the initial work-study plan and was the first coordinator of the program after a pilot study was conducted in 1954.

In the professional practice, or co-op, program, students alternate sessions of full-time work with sessions of full-time study. It is designed to combine practical on-the-job experience with classroom training.

“I had always wanted to establish something in my dad’s memory,” says Tamara Morse, who has earned three degrees from Purdue. “He spent so much of his work life with cooperative education. The family set up a scholarship in his name when he passed away (the Fred Morse Memorial Scholarship Fund in the School of Mechanical Engineering). I’m pleased to do that but it seemed to me that there was something more to do.”

That’s why she has established a deferred gift to be used for the benefit of cooperative education in the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Fred Morse graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1942. He then served in the 814th Army Corps of Engineers during World War II, fighting in five different battle campaigns. He earned his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1947. He taught in Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering for nearly 40 years, retiring as a full professor in 1985.

His field of expertise was heating, ventilating and air conditioning. His passion was cooperative education.

“I just remember when he was active in trying to put companies together with students,” Tamara Morse recalls. “He helped corporations design work programs for students. He worked hard to create a meaningful work experience for the students.”

Education was something Fred Morse instilled in his family. Linda Morse, Tamara’s sister, earned a master’s degree from Purdue in education after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State. Linda’s daughter, Tamara Schrader, graduated from Purdue with a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.

Tamara Morse received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Purdue, and then earned an MBA from Purdue’s Krannert School of Management. A classroom teacher in Indiana, California and Iran for 10 years, she is now owner of Morse Financial Group, a private financial advisory practice based in Port Ludlow, Wash. Prior to establishing her practice, she spent seven and a half years with the Chevron Corp. as a financial analyst.

She also is a generous supporter of Purdue. In addition to her gift to Mechanical Engineering in honor of her father, she is a donor to the Purdue Alumni Association Endowment. She also was lead donor for the Delta Gamma Lectureship in Values and Ethics at Purdue, and has made contributions toward the construction of Krannert’s Rawls Hall and the library in the Dick and Sandy Dauch Alumni Center.