Robert E. Moran Jr., 69, member of the PGA

August 21, 2005

Robert E. Moran Jr., a lifelong golfer and member of the PGA for three decades, died of cancer Aug. 14 at his home in Bel Air. He was 69.

Mr. Moran was introduced to the game in his youth. He grew up in Howard Park near the Forest Park Golf Course and graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School. He and his parents ran the course's refreshment stand until his graduation from the University of Maryland in 1958.

At the university, he studied journalism, played on the golf team and was active in student government. He turned professional in 1959 and worked at Hillendale Country Club, Essexshire Gate Golf Club and Dulaney Springs, where he ran the annual Heart Association Pro-Celebrity Tournament. He helped open and run the Winters Run Golf Club in Bel Air.

He kept active in the PGA and continued to teach golf while working in sales for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In 1997, he returned to the game full time, becoming the golf professional for Dick's Sporting Goods in Hunt Valley.

"He loved that job because he could talk golf and give lessons," said daughter Tracy Moran of Abingdon. "Golf was his life, but he was laid-back about it. He taught his children and grandchildren, but he never forced us. If we wanted to learn, he would help us."

Services were Friday.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rita "Tuffie" Fauth Moran; another daughter, Kelly Smith of Forest Hill; and four grandchildren.

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