Dr. James Patrick Moreland died on May 25, 2022. Dr. James Patrick Moreland, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away in the company of his loving family. James was a true Irishman; he was of Irish heritage and was lucky enough to be born on St. Patrick’s Day. He was an accomplished scholar and talented tennis player. He loved the classroom and a good intellectual debate as much as he loved the opportunity to be a teacher and a mentor.
James pursued his academic career at The Ohio State University, earning a bachelor’s degree, Master’s Degree, and Doctoral Degree from this wonderful institution. He finished his studies there with a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. He also honed his tennis career at The Ohio State, playing singles on the varsity tennis team.
James’ professional endeavors led him to AT&T Bell Laboratories in Holmdel, NJ, where he worked for 36 years. His loyalty and talents were recognized by his leaders, who twice nominated him for the AT&T Fellow Award. Upon his retirement from Bell Labs, he elected to teach as an adjunct professor at Monmouth University, something which gave him a tremendous sense of accomplishment for 16 years as he connected with his students.
At the same time, his talents in tennis continued to drive him in his personal life. He represented the first US Team at the Bermuda Cup Championships, defeating the men’s Bermuda National Champion at the tournament. When he was home in New Jersey, he was a top player with the Men’s New Jersey Shore Tennis Association, regularly achieving the status of number one player in singles, doubles, and mixed doubles for years. Always a teacher, he took his athletic talents to The Ranney School and coached the boys’ and girls’ tennis teams for 7 years. During his time as a coach, he led the girls to win the state title in tennis. He is also the author of the book Play Tennis Twice As Good and held a patent on a tennis racket; James always aspired to greatness.
On July 10, 1994, he married the love of his life, Patricia Dalm-Moreland, and they would share a happy life together through James’ last moments. They enjoyed travel, theater, athletic endeavors, and the company of dear friends and family.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Dalm-Moreland; his daughter Terri of Beaverton, Oregon; his son Bill and wife Ana of Gilbert, Arizona; and his son Jeff of Beaverton, Oregon. He is further survived by his 6 grandchildren – Michael and his wife Bethany, Jordan, Luciana, Lucas, Lauren, and Marcus; as well as his two (2) great-grandchildren Aurora and Matilyn.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. You can donate at https://www.michaeljfox.org/ He was blessed to have the loving care and support of his family, friends, doctors, nurses, rehabilitation therapists, and his caretakers.
Visitation Tuesday, May 31st, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9PM at the Holmdel Funeral Home, 26 S. Holmdel Road, Holmdel. Mass of Christian burial shall occur at St. Mary’s Church Colts Neck, NJ, on Wed. June 1st, 1:30 PM. Interment will follow at St. Gabriel’s Cemetery in Marlboro, NJ. To share a favorite memory or send a message of condolence please visit James’ page of tributes at www.holmdelfuneralhome.com.