Ralph Edward Gorman, Jr. was born September 19, 1928. He passed away August 23, 2017.
“There‘s a Spirit can ne'er be told” are a few of the words from “The Spirit of Aggieland,” Texas A&M’s school song. The song speaks of an incredible spirit. A particular former student of Texas A&M, a father, a husband, a brother, and a friend also had an incredible spirit. Ralph Edward Gorman, Jr. had a positive, optimistic spirit that was contagious to all who met him. He also had an exuberance that lit up the room when he walked in the door. Ralph was always the life of the party.
To the sorrow of his family and many friends, Ralph Edward Gorman, Jr. passed away on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. He went to “join the best” as he rose with others to answer his own roll call. Ralph is survived by in this life by his loving children, Laura Moughty and her husband, Christopher, Greg Gorman ‘89 and his wife, Val, Christian McGhee, John McGhee ’88 and his wife, Kathryn, and Michael McGhee ’90 and his wife, Pebble; his six grandchildren, Anna Gorman, Joshua Gorman, Michael McGhee, Matthew McGhee, Sarah McGhee, and Hannah McGhee; his sister Marsha Sonnenberg and her husband, Litz; his brother Gale Gorman and his wife, Robin; his girlfriend of 14 years, Faye C. Briggs; and many Aggie classmates and friends. Ralph is preceded in death by his beloved wife Roberta Ann “Muffy” Gorman; and his parents Ralph Sr. and Mabel Gorman.
A memorial life celebration service will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm at Hughes Family Tribute Center, 9700 Webb Chapel Road in Dallas. A public visitation will be held from 3:00 PM to 5:00 pm the same day. Family and friends are encouraged to wear Aggie Maroon in support of Ralph and his faithful love to Texas A&M University.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to:
The 10th annual Dragon Dash of Castle Hills www.TheDragonDash.org benefitting the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research. Hannah McGhee, one of Ralph’s granddaughters, suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS); and
The Canterbury Episcopal School www.CESfriends.org — a Pre-K through 12th grade Christian college preparatory school serving southern Dallas and northern Ellis counties. Anna & Joshua Gorman, two of Ralph’s grandchildren, attend Canterbury.
Ralph was as “True to each other as Aggies can be.” He will be missed for his fierce love of family, friends and Texas A&M. As many friends and family have said throughout his life, “there will only be one Ralph.”
Ralph’s children would like to thank his sister and our aunt, Marsha Sonnenberg, for her selfless care of our dad during the last years of his life.