The San Diego Central Library. Photo by Navid Serrano via Wikimedia Commons
The San Diego Central Library. Photo by Navid Serrano via Wikimedia Commons

The auditorium at the new San Diego Central Library was renamed Tuesday in honor of the late columnist and author Neil Morgan.

The Neil Morgan Auditorium recognizes the editor and long-time columnist for the San Diego Union-Tribune who also helped launch Voice of San Diego.

Neil Morgan. Courtesy UCSD

“For many years, Neil Morgan brought San Diegans together to discuss and experience important civic and social items, which is the exact purpose of the auditorium we are proud to name in his honor,” said Mel Katz, immediate past president of the San Diego Public Library Foundation.

“There’s no better area of the Central Library to honor Mr. Morgan than one dedicated to learning and growth through the enjoyment of arts and culture, discussing ideas or celebrating the city he loved so much.”

Morgan’s name is above the glass doors in the front of the auditorium and two Morgan quotes describing what makes San Diego and its citizens unique are featured in metal letters on a column.

The stage is named in honor of David C. Copley, former owner and publisher of the Union-Tribune and one of the earliest supporters of the central library project.

“Neil was passionate about San Diego in his writing and in speeches, always urging citizens to aim higher and become more involved to achieve the city’s dynamic potential. The new Central Library fulfills that dream, and Neil would be deeply honored to be linked to its future,” said Judith Blakely Morgan, his wife.

Judith Morgan is herself a nationally respected journalist who wrote a syndicated travel column and teamed with her late husband for “Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel,” named a New York Times “notable book” of 1995.

The new central library, which opened to the public in late 2013, welcomes more than 3,300 visitors daily and is one of the most technologically advanced public libraries in the country.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.