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JOHN DORAN


 

JOHN DORAN  

of Huntingtown, MD. Born January 13, 1923 in Newark, NJ and passed away on November 8, 2013. After graduating from Seton High School, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He served as a powerplant engineer aboard vessels during WWII - completing his service in 1945. After, he moved to Washington, DC, and attended Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service graduating in 1949.
During his college years, he worked for the Washington Post and Garfield Hospital overseeing plant and facilities maintenance. At Garfield, he met his wife Jean Carrigan who was a nurse at the hospital. They married in 1951 and raised ten children together in Chevy Chase.
After graduating from Georgetown, he founded Rental Tools and Equipment Co. based in Bladensburg, MD. The company became a large supplier of construction equipment, employing 450 persons in 26 locations stretching from Philadelphia to Houston. He was a pioneer member of the American Rental Association, serving on numerous committees promoting and helping the rental industry. He retired in 1998 when he merged his business with United Rentals of Connecticut.
He and his wife formed the Doran Family Foundation after his retirement. The foundation makes grants to Catholic Churches and Schools in the Washington, DC Metro area. Grants are provided for the construction of parish centers for cultural and athletic activities for youth and families.
Surviving are his daughters, Catherine and Eileen (of Huntingtown, MD), Sheila (Boston, MA), Beatrice (Big Sky, Montana), Leah (Santa Cruz, CA), Nancy (Brentwood, CA) and son John of Shadyside, MD. Sons Charles and Daniel, both of Huntingtown Maryland died previously in 1985.
Services will be held at the St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Prince Frederick Maryland. Viewings will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral and burial will be held on Friday, November 15 at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Hospice of Calvert; 238 Merrimac Court; Prince Frederick, MD 20678
He was particularly proud of his Irish heritage, a second generation Irishman, hailing from Baileborough, County Cavan. He enjoyed Dixieland music, and never missed a good party.



Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 12, 2013
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