Doran, John T.
Birth: Saturday, January 13, 1923 in Newark, New Jersey
Residence: Solomons, Maryland
Death: Friday, November 08, 2013 at the age of 90
Laid to Rest: Friday, November 15, 2013 in the St. John Vianney Catholic Church Cemetery, Prince Frederick, Maryland
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John T. Doran, Sr., 90, of Solomons, MD formerly of Huntingtown MD, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013 in Asbury~Solomons Health Care Center, Solomons, MD. He was born on January 13, 1923 in Newark, NJ to the late Patrick Joseph Doran and Beatrice Marie Doran.

After graduating from Seton High School, he attended the Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. He served as a power plant engineer aboard vessels during WWII - completing his service in 1945. After, he moved to Washington DC, and attended Georgetown University in the School of Foreign Service graduating in 1949.

During his college years, he worked for the Washington Post and Garfield Hospital overseeing plant and facilities maintenance. At Garfield, he met his wife Jean Carrigan who was a nurse at the hospital. They married in 1951 and raised ten children together in Chevy Chase.

After graduating from Georgetown, he founded Rental Tools and Equipment Co. based in Bladensburg, Md. The company became a large supplier of construction equipment, employing 450 persons in 26 locations stretching from Philadelphia to Houston. He was a pioneer member of the American Rental Association, serving on numerous committees promoting and helping the rental industry. He retired in 1998 when he merged his business with United Rentals of Connecticut.

He and his wife formed the Doran Family Foundation after his retirement. The foundation makes grants to Catholic Churches and Schools in the Southern MD area. Grants are provided for the construction of parish centers for cultural and athletic activities for youth and families.

He is survived by his beloved wife Jean L. Doran; his daughters, Catherine and Eileen of Huntingtown, MD, Sheila of Boston, MA, Mary of Richmond, VA, Beatrice of Big Sky, MT, Leah of Santa Cruz, CA, Nancy of Brentwood, CA and son John of Shadyside, MD. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sons Charles and Daniel who passed away in 1985.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 14, from 2-4 and 7-9 PM, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, MD, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Friday, November 15, at 11:00 AM with Father Peter J. Daly, Pastor officiating. Interment will follow the funeral mass in the church cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions are made in John's memory to Calvert Hospice, P. O. Box 838, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 donations are encouraged to be made online at

John was particularly proud of his Irish heritage, a second generation Irishman, hailing from Baileborough, County Cavan. He enjoyed Dixieland music, and never missed a good party.

Arrangements were by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby, MD.
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