Alabama Academy of Honor


Joseph Charles Moquin

The following biographical sketch was compiled at the time of induction into the Academy in 1990, 1998, 2002 and in 2014.



Joseph Charles Moquin was born in Middleboro, Massachusetts, on July 7, 1924. His parents were Joseph and Sara Moquin. Joe Moquin attended grammar school and high school in Middleboro.

In World War II he answered his country's call to duty and attended Mississippi State College in 1943-44 and served in the United States Corps of Engineers from 1944 to 1946. Joe Moquin's college education was obtained at Mississippi State College and at Washington University in St. Louis. It was from the latter institution that he earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering in 1949.

He was the father of eight children. His wife was the former Anita Johnson, and together they are the grandparents of eight.

Mr. Moquin was Chief of Management Services for the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, 1956-58, and Chief Management Engineer for the Army Ordinance Missile Command, 1958-59. He was associated with Brown Engineering since 1959 when he joined the organization as executive vice president. He was appointed president in 1966. In 1967 the company was acquired by Teledyne Inc. and became Teledyne Brown Engineering. Mr. Moquin was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1985. He retired in 1989.

Teledyne Brown Engineering was one of the leading companies responsible for our ballistic missle defense program and space program. They employed some 3,000 people in Huntsville, over 25% of whom are scientists and engineers.

Being the executive head of one of the nation's important business organizations has required much of Joe Moquin's time and talent. However, it has not prevented him from paying his civic rent to Huntsville and to Alabama.

He was a member of the Board of Directors of Alabama Heritage Fund, Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Industrial Council of Engineering, inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 1962, and was honored by the Alabama Legislature in 1982. Mr. Moquin's interest in improving educational opportunities in Alabama is evidenced by his service as a member of the Board of Directors of The University of Alabama at Huntsville Foundation.

Joe Moquin was also a member of the Board of Directors of Regions Bank from 1973-1996, SCI Inc., and Intergraph.

During his rise to prominence in industry, he was afforded very little time for his hobbies of golf, traveling, and reading. He did, however, take time to participate in the Boy Scout movement, particularly while his boys were engaged in this activity.

After his retirement in 1989, he served as interim president of the University of Alabama in Hunstville for one year, 1990, and served as interim Director of the Alabama Space and Rocket Center for one year in 1992.

When Joe Moquin's St. John the Baptist Catholic Church at Madison, Alabama, recently constructed a new building, he served as chairman of the building committee.
Joe Moquin passed away March 16, 2014.