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Joseph Anthony Moylan, Jr., M.D.

Posted By Hall-Wynne On May 16, 2013 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries | 18 Comments

DURHAM: Joseph Anthony Moylan, Jr., M.D., 74, died Thursday. He was born July 14, 1938 in Hartford, CT to the late Joseph A. and Sabina O’Connor Moylan. Dr. Moylan graduated from Fairfield University as class Valedictorian. He received his medical degree from Boston University, after which he completed training in surgery at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr. Moylan served as a Major in the U.S. Army, Institute of Surgical Research from 1969-72 at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. He was Chief of the burn unit at the University of Wisconsin in Madison prior to joining Duke University’s Dept. of Surgery, where he was Chief of the Trauma Service and Professor of Surgery from 1975-94. Dr. Moylan was instrumental in the formation of Duke Hospital’s Life Flight program. From 1994-97, he was Lucille & DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chairman of the Dept. of Surgery at the University of Miami. He returned to Durham and resumed practice as Professor of Surgery at Duke. After retirement from Duke in 2007, Dr. Moylan continued in medicine as an attending surgeon at the V.A. Medical Center in Durham.

A man who was motivated by his deep faith and commitment to community, Dr. Moylan, with his wife, Ann Carole, founded the Durham Nativity School in 2001. This tuition-free middle school for inner city, under-served boys spans an 11-year program from 6th grade through college, with the goal of returning young men to the Triangle area to give back to the community.
Dr. Moylan was a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for 38 years.

Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Ann Carole McGurkin Moylan; his children, Sean P. Cara Moylan, of West Hartford, CT, Michael F. Morgan Moylan of Hillsborough, Brendan J. Cindy Moylan of Durham, Maura M. Sullivan of Durham, Kiernan P. Krissy Moylan of Vero Beach, FL and Katie M. Darin Little of Hillsborough; grandchildren, Declan, Mairin, Eamon, Maeve & Quinlan Moylan; Finn, Donovan, Rory & Maisie Moylan; Beckett and Fergus Moylan; Nick, Maddy, Owen & Bridget Sullivan; Liam, Seamus & Sloane Moylan; and Lucas & Shelby Little; and a sister, Sally McGurkin of Bolton, CT.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered 11:00 Monday from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Friends may visit 2-5 PM Sunday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service. Interment will be private.

Gifts in Dr. Moylan’s memory may be made to: Durham Nativity School: durhamnativity.org. or P.O. Box 3537, Durham, 27702.

Condolences for the family of “Joseph Anthony Moylan, Jr., M.D.”

Condolence from John Boa III on May 17th, 2013 12:00 am

You’ll Never Walk Alone
-Rodgers & Hammerstein

When you walk through a storm
Keep your chin up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark.
At he end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark.

Walk on through the wind,
Walk on through the rain,
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown.
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone,
You’ll never walk alone.

Condolence from JOHNETTA M. JAMES on May 17th, 2013 12:00 am

I will always remember Joe Moylan as being as being my mentor and friend. He introduced me to Burn/Trauama Care and I will always be grateful to him for that and for maintaining our relationship thru the years. Joe was a great man!! I will always remember him for his undying committment to his family and to his committment to the School of the Nativity. Joe will be missed.

Condolence from Diane on May 18th, 2013 12:00 am

I thought you had more heart than most people I know. I often challenged you, and you me. You didn’t know this, but you were a personal hero of mine. I will miss you and things won’t be the same now that you are gone, however, you have left a lasting legacy through your family and the students at DNS. I hope you’re starting a school in Heaven for those who didn’t have a chance in this life.

Condolence from Ingrid W. Medlock on May 18th, 2013 12:00 am

My deepest condolences go out to Mrs. Moylan and the entire family! Dr. Moylan was a Champion for the wholistic education of our youth! He taught me so much about “life” and willingly availed himself as my mentor in leadership! I watched him beam with joy when he interacted with the DNS men and realized in a very short period of time that he was experiencing a dream come to fruition and answering the divine call to change the world one young man at a time! I will forever be grateful and cherish my time spent with him and the DNS family!

Condolence from Judy May on May 18th, 2013 12:00 am

Our paths crossed many different ways and I have so much respect for Dr. Moylan.. But mostly I was so impressed with how present he was in his grandchildren’s lives. He was Immaculata’s greatest sports fan. Nick, Maddy, Owen, and Bridget, my heart breaks that you have lost this wonderful grandfather.

Condolence from Darlene chapman on May 18th, 2013 12:00 am

may you rest in peace with the Lord Dr moylan, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. love you all. another angel got their wings. Darlene Chapman

Condolence from Darlene chapman on May 18th, 2013 12:00 am

may you rest in peace with the Lord Dr moylan, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. love you all. another angel got their wings. Darlene Chapman

Condolence from Owen Astrachan on May 19th, 2013 12:00 am

Dr. Moylan was inspirational and memorable on so many levels, for so long, to the community, and personally to me. I will always remember him, his kindness, his generosity, and his spirit. He influenced so many.

Condolence from Oshari Baldwin and Elsie McCauley on May 19th, 2013 12:00 am

Dr. Moylan was an inspiration to all that knew him, and especially the young men who attended Durham Nativity School. Dr. Moylan you have run your race now its time to rest. You will truly be missed. We love you.

My prayers are with you family, may God wrap His loving arms around you and give you a peace that surpass your understanding.

Condolence from AJ & Angela Jimerson on May 19th, 2013 12:00 am

It was an honor to know Dr. Moylan; we extend our deepest condolences to the family. Thanks for sharing your husband, dad, and grandfather with us.

Many great thoughts come to mind as I reflect upon him, but most of all I will treasure his spirit to give, without question, to those in need. He was a colleague, friend, and father figure to me. I will always cherish the time spent with him as time spent with one of God’s most special angels. He will be deeply missed.

Condolence from Richard and Mary Alice Burton on May 20th, 2013 12:00 am

I will miss you tremendously my friend….to have such a wonderful friendship in our later years was truly a blessing from God. Your life on earth was a classic example of how our Lord wants us all to be….to love all and serve Him each day!

Condolence from Dougald Fountain on May 20th, 2013 12:00 am

My condolences to the entire Moylan family.

Dr. Moylan was one of the most exemplary human beings I had the honor to know and will remember his kindness and his ability to lead and teach by quiet, comforting, and compassionate actions. His presence reminds me on my Grandfather and one of his favorite blessings.

…May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sunshine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again.
May God hold you, May God hold you
Ever in the palm of his hand.

Condolence from Frances E. Apple on May 20th, 2013 12:00 am

I am so sorry to hear of the death of my good friend. I worked in Radiology and Dr. Moylan passed by my office every time he came in. He always popped in to say hello. He always had a smile and a cheery hello for me. He was kind and encouraging in conversation. Never heard a unkind word about anybody. Dr. Moylan will be missed by all who
had the pleasure of knowing him. My prayers are with the family.
May he rest in peace with his Lord.

Condolence from Burnice L. Parker, Sr. retired Duke Police Major on May 20th, 2013 12:00 am

I am sorry to hear about Dr. Moylan’s passing. He was a very compassionate individual who loved working with people and they loved working with him. He was a friend to law enforcement, EMS, and those who cared for people in crisis. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. He operated on me a few years back and I am better because he cared.

Condolence from Jeff Solem on May 20th, 2013 12:00 am

Mike and Brendan,
Very sorry to hear of your father’s passing.Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
Jeff and Linda Solem

Condolence from George Richards on May 22nd, 2013 12:00 am

My sincere condolences to the Moylan Family.

I am very saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Moylan who was a wonderful gentleman. I will always cherish the memories of working with Dr. Moylan in the Duke Emergency Department. He was a very kind, gentle, caring physician with a wonderful personality and sense of humor. Dr. Moylan will always hold a special place in my heart.

George & Ann Richards

Condolence from Chris Cook on May 23rd, 2013 12:00 am

What a great inspiration Dr. Moylan was to many people. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. I hope to be able to give back in a similar fashion to those in my community.

God Bless,
Chris Cook

Condolence from Steve on August 19th, 2019 12:53 pm

I am a former patient of Doctor Moylan in a burn unit. The nurses told me I was scheduled to have my arm amputated and Doctor Moylan said NO, give Steve more time. He was a wonderful man and friend,I am so sorry for your loss.

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