Friends, co-workers and clients of attorney Patrick J. Moriarty are invited to celebrate his life at the Rhine-Elbe Room at the Holiday Inn on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, from 4 to 8 p.m. A short commemorative program will be held at 6 p.m.
Patrick resided in New Ulm from 1972 to 2002, and had been living in Lakeville, Minn., since then with his wife, Linda. He died July 19, 2012.
He is survived by wife, Linda; daughters, Mary Moriarty of Minneapolis and Michaela Solomon of Burnsville; and a sister, Mona Calkins of Holyoke, Mass.
Pat was bom June 30, 1925 in Holyoke, Mass. and dropped out of high school in 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army. He served in five campaigns between then and the end of the war. After the war he returned and graduated from high school, and received his BA from American International College and an MA in History from the University of Minnesota. After working for the Federal Civil Defense Administration in St. Paul, he took a job at the Naval Defense Department in Washington where he attended George Washington University and received his JD in 1959. He returned to practice law in Minnesota, acting as county attorney for Itasca County, Director of Leech Lake Reservation Services. District Judge in Brown County from 1977 to 1980 and assistant public defender and private attorney in New Ulm until his retirement in 2002. He was recognized with the Durfee Award for his outstanding service by the State Board of Public Defenders.