Talk:Marshall D. Moran

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He was the first Jesuit to enter the kingdom since December 1721, when Fr. Hippolito Desideri passed through the Kathmandu Valley on his return from Lhasa to the Indian plains. He was the first Catholic priest to enter Nepal since the death in 1810 in Kathmandu of Fr. Guiseppe, the last of the Capuchins of the old Lhasa mission.
Fr. Moran’s one hobby was his HAM Radio, a skill he learned in Chicago when he as a boy and picked up again after World War II in Patna. After coming to Nepal it was 1960 before he took up the hobby again, and over the next 30 years “Mickey Mouse” (his call sign) had become one of the most well-known HAM operators in the world. In 1986 the ARRL awarded him their “International Humanitarian Award” given to amateurs who, through Amateur Radio, are devoted to promoting the welfare of mankind.
For Marsh the radio was always more than a hobby. It was a way to give concrete education to the students in physics and geography. It was an apostolate, and he had many stories of the help he had rendered in time of earthquakes, shipwreck, and emergency illness. More than this, it was his way of reaching out in friendship to a bewildering variety of different faiths and nationalities from the King of Jordan to a large number of friends in the former Soviet Union. Mickey Mouse is now off the air, and his host of friends (over 90,000 of them) miss the word of cheer from Nepal and his puns.
Fr. Moran will probably be best remembered as an educator. He was a superb teacher and he liked to teach. He continued to teach ten classes a week in the school and two classes a week to the juniors at Kamal Niwas until the middle of March. He ran informal classes for the boys in basic computer skills, showed them films, and tended to their ills right to the end. Yet his real contribution came not from teaching and certainly not from administration. He was seldom in the office long enough to administer, and he had little patience in the details of school administration. His schools succeeded because he was fortunate to have superb administrators to run the schools: Fr. Niesen in Patna, Frs. Niesen and Watrin in Godavari, and Fr. Downing, and later, Frs. Niesen and Miller at Jawalakhel.

That, however copyright-protected, sums it up. Please let me know whether this suffices for the article to stay, I can then help adding the facts to the article. --Dingo (talk) 01:53, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

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