Dr. Robert Moriarty

Dr. Robert M. Moriarty, of Michiana Shores, Indiana (formerly of Oak Park), died suddenly on April 6, 2021. Born on Oct. 9, 1933 in New York City to parents James and Mary (Cleary) Moriarty, he earned a B.S. from Fordham University in 1955 and a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University in 1959 then went on to complete postdoctoral work at the University of Munich and Harvard University. He was later awarded fellowships from the Fulbright Program, NIH, and NATO.

He spent over 40 years teaching and conducting research at the University of Illinois Chicago, most recently as professor emeritus. A renowned global leader and expert in Iodine Chemistry, he received the 2005 Award for Creative Research and Applications of Iodine Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. His research and publications have been cited thousands of times.

An entrepreneur, he founded the pharmaceutical research and development company Steroids LTD in the 1980s, which was later acquired by United Therapeutics. 

A man of many passionate interests, he was a lifelong athlete, an avid squash player and a skier. A vintage sports car enthusiast and driver, he spent many days at GingerMan Raceway in South Haven, Michigan, where he was a driving instructor. Some of his favorite cars included a 1973 Ferrari Dino, and an “Outlaw” 1959 Porsche 356. A devoted dog owner from the time he rescued a stray in the snow, his beloved companions included Luke, Andy, Barton, Stetson, Austin and Emma.

Bob Moriarity is survived by his wife, Mary, three children from a previous marriage, daughters Marie Castellano, Annika (Scott) Bruggeworth, and David Moriarty, as well as stepdaughters Shelley (John) Rousseau, Jennifer (Jeff) Appenzeller, and seven grandchildren. 

He was predeceased by his sister, Katherine Harnan, and brother, James Moriarty.

A memorial service and celebration of life will follow later this year.

Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home.

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