Celebration of Richard Morley to Take Place via Zoom Dec. 16

  • December 14, 2020
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Celebration of Richard Morley to Take Place via Zoom Dec. 16
Celebration of Richard Morley to Take Place via Zoom Dec. 16

A celebration of Richard "Dick" Morley, a giant of modern manufacturing, will take place via zoom Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, from 11 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. EST. Attendees may attend for free by joining the Zoom meeting.

The participants on this program were fortunate enough to interact with him during his lifetime. Among his seminal contributions were the programmable logic controller, automatic braking systems, and the floppy disk. We invite you to join us in celebrating this remarkable life.

About Richard Morley

Richard E. Morley (Dec. 1, 1932–Oct. 17, 2017) was an American technologist who was considered one of the "fathers" of the programmable logic controller (PLC) since he was involved with the production of the first PLC for General Motors, the Modicon, at Bedford and Associates in 1968. The Modicon brand of PLC is now owned by Schneider Electric. The PLC has been recognized as a significant advancement in the practice of automation and has an important influence on manufacturing industry. He was born in Clinton, Massachusetts, in 1932 and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied physics.

Dick Morley was an inventor, machinist, author, consultant and engineer. His peers have acknowledged his contributions with numerous awards from groups, such as the International Society of Automation (ISA); the Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society, Inc. magazine; the Franklin Institute; the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME); and the Engineering Society of Detroit. He was also inducted into the Manufacturing Hall of Fame. SME offers the Richard E. Morley Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award for outstanding technical accomplishments in the manufacturing profession by engineers age 35 and under. Dick Morley worked out of his barn in New Hampshire where he and his wife had provided a home to 40 foster children. He died on Oct. 17, 2017, in New Hampshire. (Biography adapted from Wikipedia.)

About the event

Eastern Time (New York)




Introduction to the Event
Introducing Dick Morley

George Markowsky


Dick & Shirley Morley
Early Years & Family

Pat Letourneau
Moderator: George Markowsky


Panel 1: PLCs, Modicon,
and Dick the person

Panelists: Ken Ball, Deb Morrison,
Jim Pinto, Chuck Schelberg.
Moderator: George Markowsky


Lunch Break
Morley Videos
Morley Photos
Morley Slide Shows
Llewellyn King Video

An hour-long show, without live narration.
Will include playing the White House Chronicle episode and some other videos and a slide show


Panel 2: Evolution of Industrial Digital Control,
Dick’s other inventions, his interest in improving the world.

Panelists: David Bell, Rick Caldwell, Pat Letourneau, Patricia Moody, Jesse Yoder Moderator: GM


Closing Remarks

George Markowsky


See additional program details here.

*Photo above courtesy of The White House Chronicle*

Launch the Zoom Webinar

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