Biography of Morgan Jellett
Brig. Gen. US Army
Morgan Jellett graduated from University of Nevada in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering. While at UNR he played Varsity Basketball as a point guard and was on the Varsity Track team. He was President of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, President of Sigma Tau Engineering Fraternity, a member of Blue Key and Coffin and Keys. He was Cadet Brigade Commander of the University of Nevada ROTC Unit and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon graduation.
While in the Army, he was detailed to Georgia Tech where he received a Master of Science degree in structural engineering.
Morgan spent thirty years in the Army where he commanded units up to Brigades before transitioning into program management of Army Air Defense Missile systems when he was promoted to Brigadier General.
Since his retirement from the Army, he was active in Habitat for Humanity leading the construction of seven homes in ten days. He was the conference and Council President of St Vincent de Paul in El Paso Texas. St Vincent De Paul provides rent, utility and medical assistance for the needy; it is an all- volunteer organization whose volunteers make home visits to help the needy.
He has been the Huntsville AL, Council President of St Vincent De Paul, serving all of North Alabama. They served over twenty-four thousand people and provided over one million dollars in financial and in-kind aid in 2018. During his tenure he initiated a Low-Cost Loan Program which paid off the high interest costs from Title and signature loans and provided a loan of 1.0 % interest.
He headed the North Alabama Coalition for the Mentally Ill which arranged for two case workers to work with the mentally ill to keep them out of jail, and is currently arranging for housing for them. Other programs instituted include: a car repair program to either repair cars or provide vehicles to those needing transportation for work (over 400 vehicles have been repaired and seventy vehicles placed) and a Gear Program to provide needed clothing and equipment for those needing these items for employment.
Morgan was the St Vincent De Paul National Vice President for the South East Region which encompasses the eight Southeastern States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He was deployed to the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico to help in disaster relief.
He was active in the Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville helping build ramps to give disabled access to their homes. He and his lovely wife Ceil were married for forty-nine years and had two sons, Matt, a patent lawyer with the US Patent office and Tim, a geological engineer in Florida. They had three grandchildren.