Maurice Carroll worked for 40 years as a political writer before joining Quinnipiac University

Irish American journalist Maurice “Mickey” Carroll, the voice of the Quinnipiac University Poll since 1995 and a longtime educator as well as journalist, died December 6 at his family home in Convent Station, New Jersey, after a short illness.

Carroll was 86.

Before joining Quinnipiac University, Carroll worked for more than 40 years as a political writer for The New York Times and other New York and New Jersey newspapers.  

As spokesman for the poll, said a statement released on behalf of Quinnipiac, Carroll provided analysis of results of national polls as well as surveys in New York, New Jersey and other states.

With his unique insights as the former dean of New York City political writers, Carroll became one of the best-known commentators in the New York Metropolitan Area.  

He taught journalism at Quinnipiac and counseled students looking into this field. He also taught journalism at Columbia University, New York University and Montclair State University.

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Maurice "Mickey" Carroll.

Maurice "Mickey" Carroll.

“Mickey Carroll was a reporter in the finest tradition of American journalism, a dedicated educator and a knowledgeable commentator on the American political scene,” said Quinnipiac University President, Dr. John L. Lahey.

“He educated thousands in the classroom and millions through his reporting and his work with the poll,” said Lahey who is also chairman of the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade Board of Directors.

Carroll’s career in journalism included work at the Passaic Herald News, the Jersey Journal, the Newark Star Ledger, the New York Herald Tribune, the New York Post, and New York Newsday.  

He is the author of books on the 1979-80 Iran hostage crisis and the Kennedy assassination.

As a Herald Tribune reporter, Carroll was sent to Dallas in the wake of the assassination of President Kennedy.  

He is seen in the historic photo of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.  

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Carroll can be seen the Lee Harvey Oswald/Jack Ruby assassination photograph.

Carroll can be seen the Lee Harvey Oswald/Jack Ruby assassination photograph.

Said the statement announcing his passing: “Carroll’s comprehensive reporting of the deaths of President Kennedy and then Oswald, led him to be a firm believer in the Warren Commission Report, which found that Oswald acted alone in the assassination.  

“Ever the New York newspaper reporter, he complained that the Warren Commission Report was so badly written that many people believed the conspiracy theorists instead.”

Carroll, the son of Maurice C. Carroll, a businessman, and Dorothy Joyce Carroll, a bookkeeper, was raised in Rutherford, New Jersey.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and served in the U.S. Army.  

Carroll was married for thirty years to newspaper columnist Beth Fallon, who died in 2006.  

He is survived by his former wife, Peggy, with whom he remained very close; his son, New Jersey Assembly member Michael Carroll; daughters Eileen and Elizabeth; ten grandchildren and a sister, Anne Shannon.  Another son, Patrick, died in 2005.

A memorial mass will be celebrated Thursday, December 14, at 10.30 a.m. at St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 4 Convent Road, Morristown, New Jersey.