In New Jersey Morgan and Ben made a $3 million donation to the Monmouth Medical Center in 2007 to benefit the emergency department, which was then named the Cline-D’Onofrio Emergency Services Pavilion of Monmouth Medical Center. Morgan made another gift to the emergency department a few years later in Ben’s honor. He joined the hospital’s Board of Trustees in 2010 and was most recently serving as Honorary Chair of the Capital Campaign.
Morgan and Ben generously shared their lovingly restored home and stunning riverfront property, Riverwind, as a prime location for large-scale philanthropic events, frequently hosting the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association galas, among several others. It was also home to their spectacularly festive annual Christmas party, celebrated with beautiful live performances of classical music, followed by a holiday feast.
Morgan’s generosity was always front and center, with his humble beginnings never far behind. A hamburger and a glass of sweet iced tea was always preferred over anything pretentious or overdone. He lived a modern life of great success but was always driven by simple rural values and the desire to help create opportunity for others.
Morgan was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ogle and Lucile Cline, and his partner Benjamin R. D’Onofrio. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Eddy, her sons, Patrick and Mark, and her daughter, Rebecca McGuire, and his brother, Gary, and his daughters, Terri Zimmerman, Missy Buchanan and Annie Cline.
An open house time of reflection and remembrance at Riverwind will be held today and Friday, April 25. A celebration of Morgan E. Cline’s life will follow four to eight weeks from now in New Jersey and in Iowa. Flowers may be sent at that time. Memorials for the Exline Cemetery may be sent to the Morgan E. Cline Memorial, The Cline Companies, 307 N. 13th St., Centerville, IA 52544.