Tom Moran, businessman and humanitarian, passes away in New York
August 12, 2018 11:15 AM
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One of the greatest Irish American leaders of all time, Tom Moran, passed away Sunday, August 12 after a short illness. He was 65. A funeral mass will be celebrated in his memory at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Friday, August 17.
As well as being an extremely successful business leader with Mutual of America; he played a critical role in the Irish peace process; transformed Concern, the worldwide relief agency, when he took over as chairman; became Chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast; was presented with the Irish Presidential Distinguished Services award; and helped numerous charities, always anonymously.
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Moran, Tom [MC1974 RIP]
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Good Afternoon All,
Terry Gaffney has shared the very sad news of the death of Fellow Jasper, Thomas J. Moran ’74 BS, Past Chairman (Chairman Emeritus), President & CEO, Mutual Of America Insurance Company. Tom was called home, too soon, early Sunday Morning, August 12, 2018. We pray for Tom, his Wife Joan and their Family as they mourn his passing. Tom, a good friend of Manhattan College, a proud Irishman, he loved life and made life better for many. Tom was a man of whom we can say, ” Good Man, Himself.” Tom will be missed by all who knew him and remembered with affection, respect, appreciation and with love by those who knew him personnaly. Tom was a man of great compassion, generosity and good will. He treated everyone with respect and inspired all to do and be better. He was a gracious man, with a great smile that said, you are welcome here.
The following heartfelt message is a wonderful tribute from John R. Greed, Chairman, President and CEO of Mutual Of America. It includes a beautiful Poem that speaks so well to who Tom was. Funeral Arrangements will be forthcoming. Mass of Christian Burial will probably be on Friday, August 17, 2018 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Thank you Terry Gaffney and Lou Calvelli. Thank you John Greed. Thank you all. God Bless.
Subject: Re: Tom Moran – An Important Message from our Chairman, President and CEO, John R. Greed
It is with enormous sadness and a broken heart, I share with you that our Chairman Emeritus, colleague and close friend Tom Moran passed away peacefully early this morning. The funeral Mass will most likely be held on Friday, August 17th at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. I will share further details of wake and funeral arrangements with you as soon as they are finalized.
As I said when Tom retired as Chairman in March, there can be no doubt that Tom’s engaging personality and personal imprint contributed greatly to Mutual of America’s success for more than 40 years. Key to that success is the caring corporate culture that he built, which focuses on truly making a difference in the lives of our customers, our employees and in the communities in which they live and work. His generosity in helping others inspired everyone who knew him.
Not only did Tom successfully lead our Company through many challenges in a constantly changing and competitive retirement savings industry during his 21 years as our Chief Executive Officer; equally as important he taught all of us a lot about caring, giving back and making a difference in the world. Tom was the most genuinely caring, compassionate person with a huge heart that I have ever known. We have all been very fortunate and blessed to have known him and to have had the opportunity to work with him. As a long-time mentor and close friend of mine, Tom helped me become the best possible version of myself.
His passion and love of life and the contagious effect it had on everyone he came in contact with will be greatly missed throughout the world.
When I was a young man struggling to understand what “success” was all about, a Franciscan priest that had taught me in high school gave me the following poem. I share it with you so that you can fully appreciate what I mean when I say that Tom was one of the most successful people I have ever known. It goes like this:
To laugh often and love much;
To win the respect of intelligent persons and the betrayal of a false friend;
To appreciate beauty;
To find the best in others;
To give of one’s self without the slightest thought of receiving something in return;
To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived;
This is to have succeeded.
Please keep Joan and both Tom and Joan’s families in your thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.
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