Karen A. Moran

April 16, 1951November 6, 2013

Portland- Karen Moran, 62, died on November 6, 2013, a graceful warrior against acute myeloid leukemia. With her sparkling intellect, dazzling smile and delightful sense of humor, she enchanted all who knew her. Several people remarked that it was unique that so many considered Karen their best friend.

The daughter of the late Maurice E. (Duke) Moran and Betty McGregor Moran, Karen was born on April 16, 1951, in Pittsburgh, PA, and grew up in White Oak, PA. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Karen began her career as a Leadership Development Specialist at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. In the early 80’s, she served as a Human Resource consultant at UNUM in Maine. After moving to Minneapolis, she was Vice President of Organization Development at US Bank. Later, as VP at Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Karen's consulting practice focused on diversity and inclusiveness. She also served on the faculty of the OSD program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, where she is remembered lovingly as a brilliant teacher. One of Karen's former students still "sees her in a circle of students, stretching their imagination of what was possible for each of them." In recent years, Karen had a private organization development practice and shared the managing director role at Consulting Partners, Inc., with her husband. She was the founding organizer of the Integral Leadership Training Consortium, Dream Partners.

Her interests were wide-ranging, but Karen had a passion for learning, music, books, electronics, TV (both great and terrible), and deep and spirited conversations. As one of her many friends remarked, she cast a bright, bright light. Karen will forever be recalled as a "powerful presence of love and laughter." Another friend saw Karen as "a model of woman-- caring, funny, brilliant, discriminating, and so beautiful--inside and out."

Karen is survived by her beloved husband, Richard (Dick) Hallstein; her mother Betty; stepdaughters Denice (Zita Lazzarini) Hallstein and Lynn (Michel) Hallstein-Bruëhwiler; stepson Jon; step-grandsons Joshua, Jean-Philippe, Salem, Luca, and Ariel; brother Jeff (Chris) Moran; sisters Jean and Patrice; nieces Caitlin and Liz; nephew Ian; the Bethel Women; the Salt Marsh community; her Dream Partners; and her dear friends.

A memorial service to celebrate and honor Karen's life will be held on December 14, 2013 at Merriconeag Community Hall, 57 Desert Rd., Freeport, ME, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with a reception to follow at 45 Salt Marsh Lane in Yarmouth. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland. If you choose, a memorial contribution in Karen's name may be made to Maine Women's Fund or the Jimmy Fund. Please include a note indicating that your contribution is in memory of Karen Moran.

Maine Women's Fund 565 Congress Street Suite 306 Portland, ME 04141

The Jimmy Fund Dana-Farber Cancer Institute P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284-9168


  • Memorial Service Saturday, December 14, 2013
  • Reception Saturday, December 14, 2013

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Susan Coen

December 9, 2013

Dick, I wish I could be with you on Saturday to embrace all of those who contributed to Karen's personhood. From a young woman to a lovely mature woman doesn't surprise me-remember-I found her first! And I treasure her friendship and admire her accomplishments, In sadness,

Karin Anderson

December 3, 2013

I am so sorry to learn about Karen. I knew her in connection with the Maine Women's Fund and liked her instantly - smart, funny, and caring. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.

December 2, 2013

Dick,I just learned the sad news about Karen.I will be in touch with you. I am thinking of you consantly.


Mary Blum Rusk

November 17, 2013

My thoughts and sympathies to Karen's family and friends. We worked together many years ago and I was inspired by her clear and energetic thoughts and actions. I know she is remembered with fondness by many.

Elena Brandt

November 12, 2013

So many of us were beneficiaries of Karen's generous spirit, wisdom and compassion. I met Karen through the very first Gestalt program offered in Maine and then got to know her better through some individual work together. She was such a beautiful and "whole" woman and her energy will be with me forever.

Marcia Hyatt

November 12, 2013

Dick, My deepest sympathies. I did not know Karen well. Everything I heard about her reflected grace, intelligence and wisdom. I am sorry for your loss. Sending you hugs and prayers. Marcia Hyatt

November 11, 2013

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

November 11, 2013

Dear Family,
As a young girl, Karen tried to teach me how to do 'round ups' and cartwheels so that I could try out for cheerleading. I was struck by her confidence and encouragement to do something I would not normally do. I am terribly sorry and saddened by her death. I am thinking of all of you and keeping Karen in my heart. She looks beautiful and vibrant in the picture, much like how I remember her mother and sisters. Kathy Simone (Harmon, from Oliver Drive, White Oak)

November 10, 2013

Not sure that your ember me but Karen & I were dear friends @ IUP. I have lost track of her over time but certainly remember her laugh and her great force. Once she set her mind ti something...

She cut a wide path and we are all better having been in it, in some fashion, over time. She will be missed.
Know that you are in my prayers. With love & sympathy.
Kay (Ratesic) Feagles

Sally Higginbotham

November 10, 2013

A stand-out in the Gestalt world - truly embodied the work. And a stand-out faculty member of GISC. What a gift Karen's life and work have been. Simply the Best.