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John Patrick Moran

May 27, 1926 ~ November 18, 2021 (age 95)


J. Patrick Moran, MD, 95, passed away on November 18th, 2021, at CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital after a long illness with his loving wife Nancy Moran at his side.

Pat, as he was known to everyone, was born in Minneapolis, MN on May 27, 1926.

A proud WW2 veteran, Pat served in the Navy and was part of the V-5 Flight Training Program.

Pat enjoyed sports of all kinds, playing football for the University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, and a short stint with the Washington Redskins.

After graduating from the University of Minnesota Medical School, he continued his post-Graduate work with Northwestern Medical School in Chicago and the University of Vienna (Austria), then moving to Galveston where he finished his ENT residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  While at UTMB Galveston, Drs. Joseph Oshman and Charles Clark, Sr. encouraged him to move to Corpus Christi, Texas.

In 1954, Pat set up a private practice in Corpus Christi, specializing in Otolaryngology, until 2002.  During his long career, he was an active staff member and benefactor of CHRISTUS Spohn Corpus Christi Hospital.

Spohn Hospital has always had a special place in Pat’s heart. Even after retiring, he routinely visited Spohn while keeping up with continuing education and spending time with his colleagues.

In his early days in Corpus Christi, Pat had an eye for the future, purchasing 210 acres of undeveloped land near South Staples and Saratoga, where he raised black angus cattle and kept his horses.  He enjoyed going to the county stockyard auctions and shooting trap and skeet.  

He also played polo at the Corpus Christi Saddle Club until a fall helped him to decide that tennis was safer.  Pat then founded and built the Corpus Christi Racquet Club along with holding an interest in the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels. 

He enjoyed traveling and was a successful businessman and philanthropist, being a co-founder of the Held-Moran Nature Sanctuary and becoming a member of the CHRISTUS Spohn Bishop Dubois Society.  Pat was also very active in the Catholic Church throughout his life.  Pat cherished the work of The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament of the Incarnate Word and discretely offered his services whenever he could.

He was a member of multiple medical organizations and was one of the founding members of CharterBank in Corpus Christi, serving on the Board of Directors. Pat was very proud of being appointed as a Knight of Honour and Devotion with the Sovereign Order of Malta.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, four children, Marie Rutledge, Colleen Beasom-Oshman (Dr. Steve Oshman), John Patrick (Beverly), and Serena Allen (Timothy).

Pat also had two granddaughters, Tanya Rice (Daniel), Shivaun Netek (Donny), and 4 great grand-children, Avery, Stella, Reese, and Mack.

Pat will live on in the hearts of people who loved him and his many friends and patients who he treated in his lifetime.  His kindness, humility, and compassion were known by everyone who met him.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation for all the care he received from Spohn Hospital throughout the years and especially to the doctors, nurses, and staff.

A Mass will be held Friday, November 26, 1:00 pm, at St. Patrick Church, 3350 S Alameda St., Corpus Christi, TX 78411.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Held-Moran Wildlife Sanctuary / Audubon Society in the name of J. Patrick Moran, P.O. Box 3352, Corpus Christi, TX 78404.

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