Loyola Blakefield is pleased to announce Thomas J. Mooney, IV ‘76 as the 2024 recipient of the Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, S.J., Medal – the highest form of recognition awarded to a Loyola Blakefield alumnus.
An accomplished regional business leader, Tom is founder and partner at O’Conor, Mooney & Fitzgerald – a locally owned and managed real estate firm. Throughout his life and career, he has exemplified the qualities consistent with the Kelley Medal, primarily due to his unwavering commitment to community service, exceptional leadership in business, and dedicated involvement in various local causes. His consistent support of Loyola Blakefield and active roles in regional charities showcase his genuine dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others.
Tom’s cheerful presence and volunteer roles in regional charities further emphasize his dedication to uplifting those around him. His service on boards of various organizations includes the Central Maryland YMCA, Building for God Community Foundation, The Red Devils, and many others over the years. Additionally, he has held the position of Chair for esteemed entities including the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors Charitable Foundation, Towson YMCA, and Mission Helpers of Sacred Heart. Tom serves as emcee for Swimm Across America, an event he has also swam in for 11 years. He returns to Loyola annually to serve as the emcee of the Billy Korrow Memorial Run.
For 30 years, he has dressed as Santa to the delight of children and families – most notably for the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department. He makes Santa appearances at approximately 25-40 sites annually. During his time as a parent at Loyola, he was active with the Fathers’ Club and played an integral role in the Blue & Gold Auction events as auctioneer and emcee.
His enduring connection with his alma mater is evident in his ongoing support, embodying the spirit of being a "Loyola Don for life." His years at Loyola inspired him to lead a life of service, reflecting our ethos of forming "Men for Others." This spirit is seamlessly integrated into both his professional and personal endeavors, demonstrating a profound commitment to making a meaningful difference in the community.
In their nomination submissions for the 2024 award, several of Tom’s friends, classmates and colleagues shared these words:
“Tom is a true friend and mentor to many Dons and will continue to be one for future Dons.” - Frank Locke ’83.
“Tom is always active in supporting local charities. His smile and kind nature are always out in front as he helps the community.” - Eric Dorsch ’83
“His character is beyond reproach and his actions show this. I am proud to call Tom a friend, a fellow Don and appreciate everything he does for us all.” - Ray Jackson ’83
“Tom is an accomplished business leader. I know from personal experience that everyone in the Baltimore real estate industry and beyond admires and looks up to Tom for his integrity, work ethic and good nature. He is a remarkable asset to the business community and Loyola Blakefield.” - Wayne Gioioso ’78
A Baltimore native, Tom attended St. Mary’s Govans. During his time as a Loyola student, he was a member of the lacrosse team and a leading contributor to The Arrow, a weekly bulletin that spotlighted upcoming football games with emphasis on social commentary. He counts John Stewart ’60, Tim Pierce ’60, Bill Korrow, and Fr. John “Buck” Sheridan as key influences during his four years at Loyola.
Tom is the father of Thomas “Tommy” J. Mooney V ’14 as well as two daughters, Garland and Kingsley. He also has one granddaughter, Louise Kingsley. He and his wife Kingsley reside in Lutherville.
Mr. Mooney will be honored during our annual Kelley Medal Breakfast in Knott Hall on Thursday, March 14.
About the Award
Named in honor of Rev. Joseph M. Kelley, SJ, the Kelley Medal recognizes his dedication and commitment to educating Loyola students in physics and mathematics for nearly 40 years. As such, the Kelley Medal is regarded as the highest form of recognition awarded to a Loyola Blakefield alumnus. It recognizes an alumnus who is outstanding by reason of distinction gained in business, profession, or by his outstanding participation in ecclesiastical or civic affairs. In addition, the alumnus is recognized for how his personal, family, and public life serves as a role model and example to the students and graduates of Loyola Blakefield.