Francis T. Moran Jr. ’60
Francis T. “Bud” Moran Jr. graduated with honors from Norwich with dual degrees in business administration and education. Disqualified from military service due to asthma, he served for 35 years as a teacher, coach of track and football, guidance counselor, and administrator in the same school district where he grew up, transforming countless lives in the process. We asked him to reflect on a few topics near and dear to his alma mater, and here is what he had to say:
On service: My dad was the son of Irish immigrants. By all standards I should never have been able to go to college. I almost left after my freshman year—I didn’t have any more money. Each year Norwich establishes another generation of people who serve, and that’s the life cycle.
On transformation: Norwich made me who I am. It was a wonderful opportunity for a poor boy from Pawtucket [R.I.]. I was able to afford Norwich through a small scholarship and work details. They made a student out of me. They showed me the value of discipline. They also allowed me to find myself as to who I was.
On Norwich mentors: Loring Hart was a dear friend. Also, Rev. Monsignor Ed Sutvin, William Bryan in geology, and Myles McConnon in the Math Department (he had worked with Einstein and also played the organ). General Harmon and General Wood were strong advocates on my behalf and came to my aid a couple of times.
On paying it forward: My formal and informal education has resulted in degrees, hard work, multiple experiences, jobs, and the full use of my inherent talents—none of which would have been possible without the financial support, encouragement, love, and prayers of others. As a result, a committed, caring human being has been able to help out many others for over 50 years.
On philanthropy: I give where I think it’s going to do the most good. I would have been very remiss had I not supported a scholarship fund for students in need, so that they could enjoy some of the same opportunities I had … finding my faith, having a chance to get an education, and meeting a lot of nice people.
On the Honor Code: I was a member of the honor committee freshman, sophomore, and junior year. I stood up for what I believed in. One day I was collecting money for the Boston Herald that I delivered on campus. I walked into a room where students had a copy of a test I had taken earlier that day. I [did the honorable thing, and subsequently] got the silent treatment. To conduct yourself with honor means people can trust you and have confidence in you. That is the way I operated in education for 35 years. It’s not always easy, but nothing worthwhile is.
On coming back to Norwich: When I go to the Hill I like to go down to [Plumley] Armory and see my name on the plaque on the wall. I like to go to Sabine Field and sit on the bleachers, because I spent a lot of time [on the football field]. I used to like to go up into the hills and study, and reflect. I go to the Chapel, and I know I am home.
On life after Norwich: I am fulfilled as a person. Professionally, my education, degrees, and training have served me well. I am now a member of the Old Guard, proud of my alma mater, grateful to my God, and looking forward to my 55th reunion in 2015.