Memorial Commission

We are excited to be a part of the process of creating a memorial
piece commissioned by Veronica Moloney of her grandfather Dr. Peter Joseph
Moloney that she wanted to include on the cover of a biographical book
that she has created.   

“I was aware of the work of my grandfather in a general way,
and that (his work) was very admirable so I knew that I must find a way to
write the book.”

Veronica wanted a beautiful cover for the book. Her initial thoughts
were to commission a sculpture, but it was beyond her means. This led her to think of what her neighbourhood jewellery
shop, Jewel Envy, could create.

After consultations and discussions of options our goldsmith
Lauren Hanham created a gold plated brass memorial piece for the cover.  

The cover of the first biography ever written of the
historically significant work of a Canadian pioneering vaccine researcher, Dr.
Peter Joseph Moloney features the commissioned piece created at Jewel Envy.
“The greatest thing I learned is that it was my grandfather
who made the world’s first large amount of insulin in 1922.”

Following the discovery of insulin in 1921 word had
spread rapidly that Toronto had insulin and requests for it were pouring in from all over the world. Attempts at producing a large amount of insulin were not succeeding, leading to
great frustration. Dr. Peter Joseph Moloney‘s contributions
solved the problem, helping to create several thousands of doses to ship around the

Back cover of the book, you will notice that the image of Dr. Peter Joseph Moloney on the right is the one used in the memorial piece created by Lauren Hanham. 
book has text in Dr. Moloney’s words, except where there are brief
explanations, many photos, documents and a brief authoritative biography
written by a University of Toronto professor who knew him well,

Msgr. Edward A. Synan, F. R. S. C.
The book includes Dr. Moloney’s significant works along with a brief family history, influences, and acquintances. Veronica Moloney is currently working on a more in-depth biography
that will be available on later this summer.