Aaron Moulden, 47, health care worker

September 21, 2001|By Sheridan Lyons | Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

Aaron Robert "Bobby" Moulden Jr., a federal health care administrator and drummer whose music ranged from jazz and reggae to Christian rock and gospel, died of lung cancer Monday at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis. He was 47 and had lived for several years in Crofton.

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Moulden was a 1972 graduate of Polytechnic Institute. As a young teen-ager, he took up drumming, which was no surprise to his mother, Nora Irene Moulden of Baltimore. "He started banging on the walls and pots and pans when he was 4 years old," she said.

Mr. Moulden attended the Community College of Baltimore and the University of Maryland, College Park before earning a bachelor of arts degree with honors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1978, with a major in African-American studies and a minor in biology that reflected his early interest in becoming a doctor, said a sister, Karen Little of Baltimore.

He won a full scholarship to the University of California at Los Angeles, earning a master of science degree in public health and health services administration there in 1981.

He served for three years in the Navy as a medical administrator at Camp Pendleton, Calif., and held the rank of lieutenant on leaving the service in 1985. Mr. Moulden then worked for several California hospitals, including the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science's King-Drew Medical Center, where he received an award of appreciation in June 1998.

In 1998, he returned to the Baltimore area and worked as a health-insurance specialist for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Financing Administration in Woodlawn. He was a program analyst for the department's Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville when cancer was diagnosed in July.

He had been a drummer for a number of bands in Maryland, including the University of Maryland's marching band, and in Los Angeles, where he played with the group Wedaban among others and played drums on recordings.

July marked the release of the most recent compact disc with Mr. Moulden on drums - Byron Breeze & Friends Live at Harbor Light, gospel music recorded in March at the Salvation Army's Harbor Light studio in Washington.

Services will be held at noon today at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 3459 Park Heights Ave.

In addition to his mother and sister, he is survived by his wife of eight years, the former Martha Jimenez, a son, Amir, and newborn daughter, Aliyah, all of Crofton; three other daughters, Jehan Moulden, Selket Moulden and Isis Moulden, all of Los Angeles; his father, Aaron Robert Moulden Sr., and brother, Dennis Moulden, both of Baltimore; and four other sisters, Deborah Glass of Palmyra, Va., Cheryl Beard of Joppa, Bettina Nickens of Pittsburgh and Eileen Smith of Baltimore.

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