Posted: Mon 10:11 AM, Jun 17, 2013
January 29, 1939 – June 13, 2013
Dr. John R. Moroney, a loving husband, father, grandfather and distinguished professor, died Thursday, June 13. He was 74. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hillier Funeral Home, 2301 E. 29th St. in Bryan.
Dr. Moroney was born January 29, 1939, in Dallas. He grew up in Dallas and Houston, where he enjoyed hunting, working on and racing cars, and playing sports. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in economics and natural science, graduating magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University in 1960. He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Duke University and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society.
He had a 48-year career as an economics professor, beginning his career at Florida State University and Michigan State University. He served as the department chairman at Tulane University, where he taught from 1969 to 1981. He went on to teach for 30 years at Texas A&M, where he served from 1981 to 2011. Dr. Moroney also spent many summers teaching at the Economics Institute in Boulder, Co.
Dr. Moroney was an accomplished writer, scholar and teacher. His work and original research was published in numerous professional journals, books and chapters in books. He also wrote more than a dozen books, most of them focusing on the economics of natural resources and energy, economic theory and international economic trends. While research was a significant part of his career, Dr. Moroney remained faithful to his many students, lightening the heavy load of economics by starting every class with a joke.
During his leisure time, Dr. Moroney basked in the company of his beloved wife, Carmen, his four children, seven grandchildren and many friends. He enjoyed time on his ranch in Buffalo, Texas, where he spent many hours hunting, fishing, playing poker and telling tall tales. He also enjoyed traveling, cooking, writing and was an avid Duke basketball fan. He had a special fondness for his dogs Jordan and Winston. His animated and unique gift for story-telling and zest for life will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife Carmen of College Station; sons John Rodgers Moroney III of Denham Springs, La., Dr. Steve Moroney of North Canton, Oh., Dr. Michael Howell-Moroney of Memphis, Tn.; daughter Helen Moroney Williams of Arlington, Tx.; brothers Dr. Albert Roberts of Dallas and Dr. Bobby Roberts of Austin; grandchildren Grace Moroney of Columbus, Oh., Joy Harris of Canton, Oh., Alex and Ben Williams of Austin, and Ian, Maddy and Julia Howell-Moroney of Memphis, Tn.; an ex-wife, Margaret Moroney of New Orleans, La. and numerous nieces and nephews.
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