MORAN, MICHAEL MORAN was born on 11-29-50 in Dallas, Texas and died at his home in San Francisco, California on 3-5-03. He was 52. Raised in Texas, he attended Dallas Jesuit Schools then moved to New York in 1968 to attend and graduate from Fordham University. He became immersed in the political, social, cultural and gay liberation climate of those times. His insights as a keen observer and his involvement with Andy Warhol 'Factory' were reflected in articles he wrote for Interview magazine. Michael lived in New York City and was a contributor to Interview Magazine until he moved to California in 1991. In 1993, he co-founded the HIV/AIDS and Chinese Medicine Annual Conference with Dr. Angela Wu. He was Chair of the Immune Enhancement Project, increasing its visibility and capacity to serve those in need. He was a major benefactor to the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay and Lesbian Center of the San Francisco Main Library, and the LGBT Community Center. He was particularly proud of his involvement with the Center and worked hard to make it a reality. The second floor gallery at the Center is named in his honor. He supported numerous local and national political groups and individuals to further the cause of human rights with a focus on the rights of gays and lesbians. He was honored to have been among a handful of gay supporters to join President Clinton as a lunch guest at the White House during the last year of the President's term. He was a gifted abstract painter and supported previously unrecognized artists as a member of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's IN/SITE committee. Of greatest importance to Michael were his many, loving friendships. Michaels keen understanding of human emotions and compassion for others allowed him to be a loving, caring sponsor for scores of men and women in the twelve-step community over a period of many years. Michaels generosities, kindness, love and laughter will be his legacy. May his soul rest in peace. Michael leaves an aunt and uncle, Betty Anne and Ken Franke of El Campo, TX. First cousins, Ann Moran of Seattle, WA, Bill and Lois Moran of Austin, TX, Pat and Debbie Moran of Houston, TX, Susan and John McDonough of Chicago, IL, Mike and Suzanne Franke of Arlington, TX, Bruce and Marion Franke of Conroe, TX, Kay Holmes of Richmond, TX, Paul and Nancy Franke of Boulder, CO, Tim and Beth of Austin, TX, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and his many friends. Friends are invited to a visitation with the family, Thursday. March 27th, 2003 from 6 until 8 o'clock in the evening at Geo. H. Lewis and Sons, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston, TX. Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock in the morning, Friday, March 28, 2003 at Geo. H. Lewis and Sons. Entombment will follow in the Garden of Gethsemani Catacombs at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery, Houston. A memorial service for Michael will be held in San Francisco, California at a later date. Funeral services under the direction of: Geo. H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home 1010 Bering Drive Houston, TX 77057 713-789-3005
Published in Dallas Morning News on Mar. 23, 2003.