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James L. Moran (1894-1972)


MORAN, James Lewis—b. June 15, 1894; d. March 25, 1972, Washington, D.C. Although he was an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church", he was most widely known as "Professor Moran" because of his contributions to elementary, secondary, and college education in the church program.

After completing work for a baccalaureate degree from Fisk University, he completed work for the Master's degree at Howard University. In 1920 he was invited to organize and operate a twelve-grade school, originally called Harlem Academy. This school was the forerunner of the present Northeastern Academy.

In 1932 he became the first black president of Oakwood Junior College. He left the college in 1945 with a college enrollment of more than 400 students.

After a short term as the administrative financial officer of the newly formed local conference covering the Middle Atlantic States, Ohio and West Virginia, he resumed his career as an educational pioneer. He helped to establish Pine Forge Institute near Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Later he returned to serve as principal of Northeastern Academy.

Poor health forced a premature retirement in 1952. However, in 1958 he was invited to serve as school principal of the ten-grade Fort Dupont Park School in Washington, D,C., from which position he retired in 1966. Survivors include two daughters, Hortense Russell and Mercedes Munday; and two sons, James and George Moran.

-Review and Herald, June 1, 1972