John S. Moore ’61 died on February 10, 2020, in Beaverton, Oregon.
(The following was published by DignityMemoral on February 10, 2020)
John Sylvester Moore was born on July 16, 1939 in Portland, Maine. His parents, Turney R. Moore and Geneva Moore (McLaughlin) operated a dairy farm in Skowhegan where John grew up going to local schools and working on the farm. He graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in physics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He continued his study of physics at the University of Illinois where he earned his doctorate. After graduation, John joined the faculty of MIT as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering. It was during that time that he met and married Ann Marie Buckley. While living in the Boston area, they were blessed with the arrival of daughters Pamela and Amy. After working at Microbit for two years, John took a position at SRI and the family moved to Sunnyvale. When he was offered a position at Tektronix, the family moved to Portland and purchased a home in Oak Hills where they still live. John remained at Tek until Xerox bought the color printer division. He continued his work on inkjet printers and holds over a dozen patents.
When not in the lab, John pursued numerous hobbies. He was famous for his French bread made according to Julia Child’s recipe, he made his own stock for soups, foraged for mushrooms with Ann and grandson Cody, crafted furniture, designed a Sunriver house on CAD, and always had flowers blooming in his garden. He and Ann were members of Wine Tasters Inc for over forty years and visited wineries in New Zealand, Italy, France, WallaWalla, and Oregon. A lover of the arts, John supported the opera, theater, and the art museum. He and Ann were Oregon Symphony subscribers and never missed a summer of Chamber Music Northwest. John was an adventurer who traveled to all seven continents always ready to snap a photo of a penguin, a sunset, or a friend. A proud member of the Karuk tribe, John researched his Native American roots and even attended a tribal powwow with Amy. His proudest accomplishments were being BBD to his girls, Papa to his grandkids and a loving husband to Ann.
John was predeceased by his daughter Amy Moore Paterson. He is survived by Ann, his wife of over fifty years, daughter Pamela Grater, her husband, Greg, son-in-law Justin Paterson, and grandchildren Emma, Cody, and Kyra Grater, and Jonah Paterson.