Roger Morefield Retires to a Life of Service to his Community
After 46 years of teaching in a university setting – 42 of them at UST - Roger Morefield, B.S., M.A., Ph.D, associate professor of Economics at Cameron Business School, decided to retire last December.
“As I leave full-time teaching at UST, it is with a sense of deep gratitude,” Morefield said. “I’ve had a fulfilling career and have been greatly blessed to have worked with many distinguished faculty colleagues and university staff.”
During his tenure, which began in 1980, Morefield taught economics courses at UST, including the following: Principle of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Economic Development, Intermediate Economics, Managerial Economics, Healthcare Economics, Theory of the Firm, and International Economics. Morefield earned his master’s and a doctorate in Economics from Duke University.
Best Part of Teaching
“The best part [of teaching] was working with so many great undergraduate and graduate students and seeing them grow and mature into their careers and areas of service to our community and the world,” Morefield said.
Morefield practices what he preaches and teaches. He served the UST community as a faculty sponsor for Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society in Economics; Faculty Sponsor for UST Toastmasters Club. He also served on the Faculty Senate and the Academic and Library Committees.
Morefield plans to remain active in service to his church community and, in other ways, not one to rest on his laurels. He was recently elected Board President at his church.
“At this time, I am actively looking for, and open to, additional ways to serve,” he said. “Beginning in 1981, I played racquetball in Jerabeck Center for years. I miss playing in Jerabeck, but I now play pickleball at several different venues near my home. I also enjoy yoga and meditation.”
Morefield's love of Aviation
For those who know Morefield, you know about his love of aviation. “I have published articles on airline ticket pricing, the effects of deregulation on the “hub-and-spoke” system in air travel routes, and how the global duopoly in airliner manufacturing contributed to the two tragic crashes of the Boeing 737 MAX,” Morefield said.
“My passion for commercial and general aviation began in the U.S. Navy, where I was an Aviation Electronics Technician and got my private pilots license. Later when I was doing my full-time undergraduate work at the University of Alabama - Birmingham, I also got my commercial, multi-engine and instrument ratings,” he said.
Best wishes on your noble work
Morefield sends his good wishes to his friends and colleagues.
“My thoughts and prayers will continually be with UST faculty, staff, students, and administration as you continue the noble and Godly pursuit of our mission, aims, and purposes,” he said.
The University of St. Thomas will celebrate Dr. Morefield at a party for retiring faculty on Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m. in Link Lee Mansion.