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Thomas Moran, a longtime employee of Fairchild Publications, died at age 64 on Sunday.
Moran graduated with high honors from the University of Maryland and received an M.S. from the Columbia University School of Journalism. He was hired at Fairchild in 1975, and in 1977, as a reporter, he was integrally involved in aggressively reporting a 10-part series on the Mafia’s billion-dollar involvement in Seventh Avenue for WWD, one of the most significant series in the paper’s history, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He then became managing editor of Fairchild News Service, overseeing 50 correspondents in bureaus in the U.S. and all over the world. He later became a group executive editor for Fairchild, helped develop the men’s magazine M and then became a senior editor at W.
At W, he helped convert the magazine from a bimonthy broadsheet to a monthly glossy. He later left journalism to become a novelist, writing five books, “The Man in the Box” (1997), “The World I Made for Her” (1998), “Water, Carry Me” (2000), “What Harry Saw”(2002) and “Anja the Liar” (2003), all published by Riverhead/Penguin. “The Man in the Box” won the Book-of-the-Month Club’s Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction.
Moran became a Tennessee Williams Fellow, professor of creative writing and writer-in-residence at Sewanee University in 2000.
“Tom was a wonderful writer and a unique journalist with an immense knowledge of culture, history and literature,” said Ed Nardoza, editor in chief of WWD. “His writing and editing combined brilliance, tenacity, wit and clarity, usually delivered with an undercurrent of wicked irreverence. He influenced scores of Fairchild journalists over the years. But it was Tom’s investigative collaborations on WWD’s series of Mafia connections in the fashion industry in the 1970s that set the highest journalistic standards for this newsroom…a standard we still aspire to today.”
Moran, who lived in Woodstock, N.Y., is survived by his wife, Annemarie Kammerlander; a son, Harry, and daughter, Altynai. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Doctors Without Borders at doctorswithoutborders.org. A private family service is planned for the spring.