Rear Adm. E. J. MoranTugboat leader on D-DayRetired Rear...


July 21, 1993

Rear Adm. E. J. Moran

Tugboat leader on D-Day

Retired Rear Adm. Edmond J. Moran, who commanded the tugboat fleet that enabled Allied forces to launch the D-Day invasion in Normandy during World War II, died last Thursday at his home in New Canaan, Conn. He was 96.

Mr. Moran worked for 69 years in the family-run Moran Towing Corp., one of the nation's oldest and largest tugboat operations. The firm operates five tugs in the port of Baltimore.

He served in the Navy during both world wars as well as in several posts afterward. During World War II, he supervised a fleet of 160 United States, British, Norwegian and Dutch tugboats that outwitted the Germans, who were expecting the Allied invasion to come at an existing port.

But the fleet towed railroad car barges across the Atlantic and assembled concrete docks, which were then towed to enemy beaches, creating an instant port for the D-Day invasions on June 6, 1944.

L Mr. Moran later developed a similar plan for invading Japan.

He was a three-term president and chairman of the Maritime Association of the port of New York. His other posts included vice chairman of the Fordham University trustees.

He is survived by three sons, Edmond J. Moran of Baltimore, Thomas E. Moran of Darien, Conn., and Kevin P. Moran of New York City; three daughters, Nancy Grinder of Aiken, S.C., Margot Danis of St. Louis and Sheila Reynolds of New York City; 14

grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered for Mr. Moran on Monday at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Darien.

Isabel Hoyt

Former Towson resident

Isabel Hoyt, who served on the board of St. Paul's School while living in Towson in the 1950s and early 1960s, died July 7 at a Lexington, Va., nursing home of complications of a stroke. She was 75.

Mrs. Hoyt had lived in Towson while her husband, Robert S. Hoyt, was an administrator at Lutheran and Union Memorial hospitals.

They moved there from Perryville, where they had lived while her husband worked at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace.

Born in Charlottesville, Va., and reared in Lexington, the former Isabel Williamson was a 1940 graduate of what is now Longwood College in Farmville, Va. She taught in Suffolk, Va., before her marriage in Baltimore in 1941. She and her husband moved from Towson to Westfield, N.J., where he died in 1971. She returned to Lexington, where she was on the board of the Stonewall Jackson Hospital and secretary of the Mental Health Association.

A memorial service for Mrs. Hoyt is to be conducted at 11 a.m. tomorrow at the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington.

She is survived by a son, Robert S. Hoyt Jr. of Andover, Mass.; three daughters, Leigh McFaddin of Glasgow, Va., Ridgely Hoyt-Whitaker of Bellingham, Wash., and Isabel H. Smith of Dayton, Ohio; two brothers, William H. Williamson of Houston, Mo., and Lee H. Williamson of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; a sister, Helen W. Foresman of Lexington; and seven grandchildren.

William A. Holland

Mail carrier, sailor

William A. Holland, a retired mail carrier who had also served in the Navy, died Thursday of cancer at his home on West Forest Park Avenue in Baltimore.

Mr. Holland, who was 68, retired in 1985 after working at the Arlington Post Office for 17 years.

He had served in the Navy for 18 years before he joined the U.S. Postal Service.

The native of Burkittsville in Frederick County was a member of the Old Friends Club of Frederick and of the Tuscan Lodge of the Prince Hall Masons.

His wife, the former Dorothy Spriggs, died in 1985.

Mr. Holland is survived by two sons, Thomas Holland and William A. Holland Jr., both of Baltimore; five sisters, Sadie Barnes, Laura Onley and Catherine Seay, all of Baltimore, and Rebecca Holland and Theresa Brown, both of Frederick; and three grandsons.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered yesterday at St. Cecilia's Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore.

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