- July 15, 1940 - December 1, 2012
- Ankeny, Iowa
of Patrick's Passing
Animal Rescue League
5452 N.E. 22nd St
Des Moines, IA 50313
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“My God, this man.
I switched my major from Psych to Theatre and Doc is partially to blame for that. He would tell me that I had a talent and that...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Scott Morehead - Chicago, IL
“As is the way of things in these times, I found out from a friend on Facebook that Pat had passed. He was an extraordinary man.
In the spring of...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Zabawa Nelson - Austin, TX
“Three graduate assistants in the scene shop at the University of Colorado in 1968-69 (Pat Gouran, Roger Klaiber and myself) played an ongoing pool...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Max Culver - Bloomington, IL
“I was saddened to just learn of Pat's passing. He was a colleague and mentor at Iowa State. He could bay at the moon with the best of them, and...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Terry Pickett - PAGOSA SPRINGS, CO
“Had two classes with Doc and loved every minute of them. Auditioned for him once for Cat On A Hot Tin Roof. Drawing on my great knowledge of dialects...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Brian K. Pierce - Grimes, IA
“Just last week I addressed an email to Patrick but did not send it, not knowing he was already gone. I figured I would try to arrange a visit with...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Marlin Clemens - Ogden, IA
“Kay, I'm happy you had those years together but I am sorry he is no longer there. Carol
7 of 18 | Posted by: Carol Magoon - Eldora, IA
“Dear Kay - My heart goes out to you. A magic light has extinguished. I was always enchanted by Doc's talent, sense of humor and joy. I am holding...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Ann Wilkinson - Pella, IA
“Dr. Gouran was my academic advisor when I was in ISU's theatre program back in the 70s, and one of my professors. I was so saddened today to hear of...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: JoAnn G Morlan - Glidden, IA
“I still remember when Dr. Gouran told me he was casting me in THE RIMERS OF ELDRITCH, my first show with him - I was so thrilled! I also enjoyed his...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Jami - New York, NY
“Oh Pat what an inspiration you were to me while at Iowa State and beyond. A part of you will always be present as I stand before any group and hope...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Alan Frenkel - Orlando, FL
“Doc was my advisor in the theater department, and he was a great one. I can't tell you how many times I couldn't get into this class, or drop that...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Ashley Lorenz - Raleigh, NC
I was deeply saddened to read in the Register this morning that Pat had died. His charisma will be missed by a lot of folks. If you need...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Steve Perlowski - Des Moines, IA
“This morning I was sad to see that Dr. Gouran had passed away, and I send my prayers and condolences to his family and friends.
I had the good...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Dick Hannasch - Huxley, IA
“I am so sorry for your loss. Sending you peace to your sore heart.
15 of 18 | Posted by: Sarah Zwick-Tapley
“I have fond memories of working with Pat on many ISU productions from 1973 to about 1976, that he directed - "Ondine," "Cyrano De Bergerac," ...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Julian Scates - Minneapolis, MN
“I was lucky enough to know"Doc" for forty years, having been in one of the first plays he directed at ISU in 1972, and again in a summer theater...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Gary Roberts - Des Moines, IA
“"Doc" was one of the best theatre teachers and directors I ever had the honor to work with. He was always SO full of life and vitality! He will be...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Amanda Lloyd Julson - Des Moines , IA
"He was born with the gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad." (Rafael Sabatini)
Patrick "Doc" Gouran was born in Peoria, IL 7-15-1940 to Helen Rogers Gouran and Roland Gouran. He was the third of four boys raised in a lively household along the Illinois River. Pat grew up like most children of the 40's and 50's spending Sat. afternoons watching movies on the big, and likely only screen in town which left him and his brothers with the ability to accurately quote every line in every old western ever made. Gouran "movie speak" lasted decades and littered their adult phone conversations and later their email correspondence.
Pat's warm effusive personality and early interest in movies led him to his life's work in live theater and film. He graduated from Illinois State University and later earned a PhD in theater from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Patrick taught theatre for 35 years at Iowa State University. Any student who elected to take Theatre 106 encountered a man born to share life's truths in a colorful, down to earth, oftentimes funny and yes, now and then, because now and then is more effective than most of the time, profane way. He loved to teach and his students knew that. He loved to act and his audiences knew that. He loved to direct and his actors knew that.
A natural off-shoot for performance led him to photography. He loved to shoot weddings and be a part of, what else, more drama. Pat shot hundreds of weddings as well as publicity and production photos and head shots for many theatre companies in the central Iowa area. He greatly respected our U.S. military veterans and shot photos of Iowa veterans for the book "Heroes Among Us".
He loved his Irish heritage, The Kingston Trio, bluegrass music, pheasant hunting, the Rocky Mountains and Iowa State basketball. He traveled throughout the US and parts of Europe. But he could never travel far enough that he didn't hear, in some part of the world, "Hey Doc! Remember me? I was in your 106 class."
Missing him greatly are his wife, Kay Rhoads, Ankeny, brother Dennis, State College, PA, sons Tim, Seattle, Brian (Sabina) Bellingham, WA. His beloved little granddaughters Ella, Mary and Grace of Bellingham, his grandson Ethan, WA. Stepson Troy Jones (Rebecca), stepdaughter Cindy Jones Kraft (Kenneth) step-grandsons Travis Kraft and his little boy Kale, Kevin Kraft, Tony Kraft (Stacy) and little Addison. A tiny silver schnauzer Pepper mourns him at home.
Prior to his passing hundreds of emails and social media messages were received that told stories of how he touched so many lives. To them Pat would say, "Do it" or, depending on one's temperament, "Let's be careful out there!"
No funeral services are planned. As Patrick preferred, a celebration of his life will be scheduled. Memorials may be sent to the Animal Rescue League.