Honoring Judith Moran, lifelong educator



Jeff Beedy, Head of School at Purnell School, announced with great sadness the "news of the passing of Judith Anne Moran, wife of Bill Moran, Purnell's third Head of School. Judy passed away at her home in New Hampshire surrounded by family. Together with Bill, Judy made significant contributions to Purnell School and many continue today. Their shared vision and 19 years of dedicated service to our community still keeps our school rooted in the traditions of educating girls in a progressive philosophy while addressing the changing landscape of learning."

In lieu of flowers, the Moran Family has asked everyone to consider a donation in Judy's name to one of two organizations: Universal Promise and Fall Mountain Friendly Meals. It is fitting, even in her passing, that Judy continues to serve others in need. 

If you wish to  make a Universal Promise donation in Judy's memory, click the Judith Anne Moran button. If you wish to make a donation to Fall Mountain Friendly Meals of Alstead, NH, the address is 121 Main Street, Alstead, NH  03602.

"What do I remember about Judy? She had an incredible sense of humor. Her delivery was often dry, and I loved how she laughed right along with her own jokes. I never heard her utter a mean word about anyone. Instead, she embodied a genuinely warm, kind, patient quality. No false airs. And her eyes. They were always filled with emotion and riveting: she would look right into people's eyes and speak to them as if they were the only ones in the room. I am saddened by her passing for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it marks the end of an era I treasure. As they say in South Africa, Judy, "Go well, my friend. Go well."

Martha T. Cummings
Founder and Director of Universal Promise
Purnell School Faculty 1980-85