Date of death: 11/10/2021
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1964
Michael Joseph Corcoran, 83, of Indianapolis, died Nov. 10, 2021, at Hooverwood Living after a brief hospitalization. Corcoran, a graduate of Cathedral High School and Marian College, taught business law and U.S. history and government at Scecina Memorial and Crispus Attucks high schools from the early 1960s through the mid-1970s. He coached high school football, basketball, and golf. One highlight of his time at Scecina was hosting a visit to the school by Bobby and Ethel Kennedy.
In the first election after the creation of Unigov, a form of consolidated government in Indianapolis-Marion County, Corcoran ran as a Democrat for Indianapolis City-County Council in 1971 on the far northeast side. Scores of Scecina students worked on the campaign as fundraisers, canvassers, and poll workers. Some later went on to careers in politics or public service. In 1990, he ran a Democratic campaign for the Washington Township Advisory Board. He lost both campaigns.
Corcoran worked for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the central office and as a branch manager, the Center Township Assessor’s Office, the Salvation Army, and the Indianapolis bus company Metro. He counseled students at Arsenal Technical High School through a federal job training program. Many of his former students remained in contact.
Among Corcoran’s proudest accomplishments was achieving more than 47 years of sobriety through his involvement in Alcoholics Anonymous, where he often gave “leads,” or the talks at open meetings about his life and recovery from addiction. He also participated in Narcotics Anonymous.
A lifelong Indianapolis resident who proudly traced his Irish heritage in the city back to the 1840s, Corcoran was a member of Holy Cross, Little Flower, St. Simon the Apostle, and the Cathedral of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic parishes. He was a third-generation member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the oldest Catholic lay organization in the United States. He attended Indiana University’s School of Law and St. Meinrad Seminary while figuring out his path.
He enjoyed journaling, sitting on a special bench at Holliday Park, spiritual reflection in nature, and calling on people he knew.
Corcoran was preceded in death by his mother, Catherine E. (Mitchell) Kendall; his father, Ned E. (Whelan) Corcoran; his stepfather, Orville W. Kendall; and his sister, Rita J. Kohn, and brother, Thomas W. Corcoran. Corcoran is survived by his wife of 28 years, Lucia Corcoran; his sister, Sheila A. Corcoran, Riverside, Calif.; and his children, Kevin M. Corcoran (Trisha), Indianapolis; Erin J. (Corcoran) Borth, Fishers; Shannan E. Bowman (William), Indianapolis, daughters Theresa and Rebeccah; a dozen or so grandchildren and a great-grandson.