Why We Give: The Family and Friends of the Late Patrick R. Mooney ’68
The late Patrick R. Mooney was a generous man. He recognized the importance of family and friends and embodied Jesuit’s slogan, Men for Others. After Pat passed away, Pat’s family asked that, in lieu of flowers, those seeking to remember Pat contribute to Jesuit or several other charities. A small group of us thought that establishing a scholarship in Pat’s name would be a fitting tribute to him. In addition to making our own contributions, we invited Pat’s many friends to support this worthwhile effort.
Pat died in 2016 at the age of 65 after a courageous battle with an irreversible neurological disease. While he passed away far too young, he led a full life. After Jesuit he went to LSU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Then he went on to earn an MBA from Tulane. Pat worked in the financial services industry for fifteen years, both in Chicago and in New Orleans. In his mid-forties, Pat made a career switch to the energy business, which took him to Fort Worth. He continued his professional education, becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst and subsequently managed investor relations for a software company in Boston. He finished his career back in New Orleans, where he worked in corporate and project finance.
Pat had a very sharp analytical business mind and cared deeply about current events and the world around him. He was a superb conversationalist and loved nothing better than to vigorously and wittily debate the great social and economic issues of the day. At the same time, he was a fun-loving fellow and an accomplished pianist, who appreciated music ranging from Rachmaninoff to Brad Paisley.
In less than three months, the scholarship was fully endowed through the generosity of Pat’s extended group of family, friends, and colleagues, many of whom knew of Jesuit only through their association with Pat. This quick fulfillment of this Patrick Mooney ’68 Scholarship was due to their contributions of time, energy, and funds. We are proud to so honor our brother, uncle, and friend, and it is our hope that Blue Jays who benefit from this generosity grow to be Men of Faith and Men for Others, as Pat was.
Tim Mooney ’78 and Mark Hattier ’84, for the Family and Friends of Patrick Mooney ’68
To learn about extraordinary giving at Jesuit, contact Tom Bagwill, director of institutional advancement, at (504) 483-3841.