Joseph Anthony Moylan, Jr., M.D.

May 18, 2013 

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: durham or P.O. Box 3537, Durham, 27702. Online memorials:

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