Hugh Morton and family in their 1964 Christmas card in front of the USS North Carolina. From left to right: Hugh Jr. (1949-1996), Jimmy (1951- ), Catherine (1958- ), Judy (1946- ), Julia (1926- ) and Hugh Morton (1921-2006).
Hugh MacRae Morton (1921-2006) was born in Wilmington, NC. He was well known as an environmentalist, developer, promoter, photographer, and a booster for the state of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He entered the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1940, but left school in 1942 to fight in World War II. In 1942, he joined the Signal Corps of the U.S. Army as a photographer and was sent to the Pacific Theater. After he returned to the United States, Morton married Julia Taylor in 1945, and they had four children. He then went to work at the UNC Chapel Hill as a sports photographer, where he would continue to take photographs for the next 50 years.
Morton owned and developed Grandfather Mountain, was the first president of the Azalea Festival, chairman of the original USS North Carolina Battleship Commission, and president of the North Carolina Press Photographers Association. Morton authored two books of his photography, "Hugh Morton's North Carolina" and "Hugh Morton: North Carolina Photographer."
Morton, Hugh M.; Grandfather Mountain (N.C.); North Carolina (Battleship BB-55)
NCR Family and Biography Files, "Morton, Hugh" File
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