November 04, 2013

University Communications

Nathanael H. "J.R." Mooningham Jr.: 1964-2013

Mooningham had been with Facilities Services for 24 years when he passed away Oct. 26.

J.R. Mooningham
J.R. Mooningham worked closely with the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. "When things left his hands, they were perfect," said museum director Petruta Lipan. Photo courtesy of Petruta Lipan

Nathanael H. "J.R." Mooningham Jr., a staff member with Saint Louis University for more than 20 years, died Oct. 26, 2013. He was 48 years old.

Mr. Mooningham, who was better known as J.R., had been a maintenance technician with Facilities Services since 1989.

"J.R. was a lead man for the crew because of his skills, great attitude and work ethic," said Barth Breneman, assistant director of Facilities Management. "He took great pride in his position, and in the performance and perception of the department."

Mr. Mooningham worked extensively with the Saint Louis University Museum of Art, which included assisting with the framing and installation of galleries and shows.

"His talent is going to be missed, not only by the museum, but the University at large," Petruta Lipan, director of University Museum and Galleries, reflected on his work. "He was an artist himself in everything he did for the museum. He's leaving a big void. He did everything to perfection."

He was also part of a specially selected crew of members who designed and constructed the display cases for the Billiken Wall of Fame at the Chaifetz Arena.

Mr. Mooningham was honored by the University in 2009, when he was presented a University "SLU Star Award," and he was the first recipient of Facilities Managements "Vision Award," for his quick response during a medical emergency.

Prior to his passing, Mr. Mooningham had been on leave from the University since February to receive cancer treatments.

Services were held Nov. 2 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Memorials may be sent to the Siteman Cancer Center, BJC HealthCare or the American Cancer Society.

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