Dr. S. Breanndan (Brendan) Moore died at home April 22, 2009, having lived with ALS since 2006.
He died as he lived, with grace, dignity, and courage.
Breanndan was born on August 4th, 1944, in Dublin, Ireland to the late Michael and Ita (Cuddihy) Moore. He was educated in Ireland, and graduated from University College, Dublin, 1968, obtaining his M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. (M.D. equivalent in U.S.) He married the love of his life, Mary (Teehan) August 16, 1969 in Kilkenny, Ireland. After further medical education, the couple emigrated to Brandon, Manitoba, Canada where he worked as a G.P. (Family Doctor) He began his first year of residency in Pathology, at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ontario from 1972 to 1973. He continued his education in Pathology from 1973 to 1976 at the Mayo Clinic, where he was appointed a consultant staff physician in the Department of Laboratory Medicine.
Breanndan was nationally and internationally known as an expert in the immunology of organ transplantation, and for recognizing and defining transfusion-related acute lung injury. (T.R.A.L.I.) He was also known for his exemplary teaching skills, which led to his induction into the Teacher of the Year Hall of Fame. He held various administrative positions within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, notably as director of the Histocompatibility Laboratory and The Laboratory Medicine Education Programs, and chairman of the Division of Transfusion Medicine. He received numerous awards, notably the Emily Cooley Memorial Award from the America Association of Blood Banks. He retired in September of 2008 after 32 years.
He is survived by his two precious children: a son, Enda (Mollie) of St. Paul and a daughter, Anna Moore of Rochester, two cherished granddaughters: Ellie and Zoe Moore of St. Paul. Also surviving are sisters: Ita and Patricia, and a brother: Colm; mother-in-law Jo-Jo Teehan and sisters and brothers-in-laws, a niece, and nephews. He will be missed by a large circle of collegues and dear friends who will miss his humor, and his smiling presence. He was an avid amateur photographer and a lifelong Manchester United soccer fan. A special word of gratitude is extended to his caring physicians and therapists at Mayo, and to his collegues in the Division of Transfusion Medicine. The family wishes to especially thank Daniel Bol who cared for Breanndan at his home and “The Face of Mayo", the men and women at the doors of the Gonda Building. A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, April 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church celebrated by Rev. Msgr. Gerald A. Mahon. A celebration of his life (visitation) will be held on Sunday night from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Rochester Art Center. The family prefers memorials to: The ALS Association of Minnesota or to Mayo Hospice.
“Go raibh dheis De ar a anam".
Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.