Dr. Josephine Bangs Moran October 3, 1919 - December 10, 2013
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Dr. Josephine B. Moran, Professor of Speech Communication for many years at the University of Houston Central Campus, died in Denver, Colorado at age 94. Josie taught Readers Theatre, storytelling, and oral interpretation for many years, as well as other speech classes. She will be fondly remembered by her many students. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University and taught for several years at Texas A&I before coming to UH in the 1960s. She lived in Albuquerque, NM several years after retirement, and then moved to the Denver area so she could spend her days hiking and trekking the mountains around Buffalo Creek, spending most summers with her long-time friend, Ed Small, in their mountain cabin.
Josie was a master storyteller and loved to sing old songs and tell stories of her younger days in Buffalo Creek. She fondly recalled her experiences in the U.S.O. on the Pacific Front during WWII and her days as a struggling young actor on Broadway in New York City. When she was five, her family began to come to Buffalo Creek for summer vacations, and her stories of her youth in the early railroad days along the North Fork of the South Platte River are a part of local history. Many Saturday evenings in the summer, the people of Buffalo Creek were entertained as she lead them in singing and various skits. In later life, she published a Hiking Guide to the Mountains Around Buffalo Creek, CO. She is survived by her son, Mark Moran, of St. Augustine, FL. A Memorial Service will be held for Josephine at the Buffalo Creek Community Center, SH 126, on June 28 at 2:00 p.m. She was a fascinating person and will surely be missed by all who knew her.
Published in Houston Chronicle on June 20, 2014