Victoria Brown, Editor.
Dr Tom Moran, appointed QUB Chancellor in 2015, has sadly passed away in New York after a short illness.
In a statement issued via QUB’s twitter, President and Vice Chancellor Professor Ian Greer expressed: “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of our Chancellor, Dr Tom Moran. Tom has passed away peacefully in New York following a short illness. “We are grateful for Tom’s unwavering support and commitment to the university since he was appointed chancellor in May 2015. Tom considered it a privilege and honour to be our chancellor and embraced the role with passion and excitement, often commenting how special it was for him to be part of the Queen’s family. He particularly enjoyed engaging with our students during the graduation ceremonies. We extend our deepest sympathy to his wife Joan and the wider family circle.”
According to the QUB website, Dr Moran “considered it a privilege and honour to be our Chancellor and embraced the role with passion and excitement, often commenting how special it was for him to be part of the Queen’s family”.
A native New Yorker, Dr Moran had Northern Irish ancestral roots. After graduating from Manhattan College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics, he became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mutual of America Life Insurance Company in October 1994, the first person to have been appointed President from within the Company, until his retirement in 2016.
Dr Moran was an enthusiastic philanthropist who contributed to many humanitarian and community causes, which included being the Chairman of Concern Worldwide (US), Inc., an international humanitarian relief organisation that operates in thirty of the poorest countries of the world.
According to the QUB website, Dr Moran “was also an influential voice in the peace process, acting as one of a group of unofficial peace envoys to Northern Ireland throughout the 1990s. Tom was recognised for his steadfast commitment to helping others and for his charitable, philanthropic and educational work. In 2006, the University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Science (Economics) for services to business, commerce and to public service and he was appointed our tenth Chancellor in May 2015.”
The Gown editorial team extends their deepest sympathies to Dr Moran’s wife Joan and their wider family circle. Dr Moran will be missed.