John Phillips “Jack” Moore Jr., a retired Xerox executive who later taught business at Towson University, died of an infection May 14 at his Village of Cross Keys home. He was 88.
Born in Baltimore and raised on Sixth Street in Brooklyn, he was the son of John Phillips Moore Sr., a Westinghouse manager and Phillips cannery worker, and Eve Gudelunas, a World War II stocking factory worker.
He was a 1952 graduate of Baltimore City College and was class president. As part of his duties, he served as an honorary mayor of Baltimore for a day during the administration of Mayor Thomas J. D’Alesandro Jr. In later years, Mr. Moore was a fan of Nancy Pelosi, Mayor D’Alesandro’s daughter.
“He loved the fact he worked for her father, for a day,” said his daughter, Valerie Dale.
Mr. Moore earned a history degree at the Johns Hopkins University and served in the Navy and attended Officer Candidacy School in Newport, Rhode Island. He was assigned to Moffett Field in Mountain View, California, and later served aboard the aircraft carrier Hancock in Japan. He left the military as an ensign.
After leaving the Navy he settled in Baltimore and earned a master’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. He worked briefly for the American Heart Association before joining Xerox and selling business machines.
“Jack was fair and easy to communicate with,” Jim Ramel, a former Xerox co-worker from Leawood, Kansas, said. “He was a gentleman and even-handed. He was bright and knowledgeable, and became my sponsor in the business.”
“His work with Xerox also meant a move with every promotion, and he relocated with his family from Baltimore to Rochester, to Kansas City, then back to Rochester, and then finally to Connecticut,” said Mr. Moore’s son, Jon G. Moore Sr. “In the fourth grade, I lived in three different states. My father was good at what he did and we moved around.”
His daughter said: “My dad was my hero. He taught me to be the person I am today. He taught me the importance of integrity and to be able to look yourself in the mirror — and to do the best for your community every day. He had a servant leader’s heart.”
She also said: “He was calm in the midst of chaos and had a rational mind. He cared about local politics and national events.”
She recalled that as an older man, he remained active and engaged and once attended an anti-Iraq War rally in Washington.
After leaving Xerox Mr. Moore returned to Baltimore and started a small business selling telephone equipment to the federal government. He later joined the Towson University faculty, and taught business and marketing courses.
Mr. Moore divorced and moved to the Tudor Arms, a West University Parkway cooperative apartment house. There he met Gary Harn, who became his life partner. Mr. Moore was a trustee of the Tudor Arms board and lived in Canton Square before moving to Cross Keys.
The two enjoyed traveling throughout Europe. They subscribed to the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and the Everyman and Center Stage theaters. Mr. Moore painted in oils, and made jewelry after taking a few lessons from a family dentist. He collected Baltimore-made silver.
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“He could pitch a tent and make a pot of coffee in the outdoors,” said his daughter. “He was a sophisticated man, but he loved to commune to nature, and loved nature and animals.”
He also was the president of the board of directors at Sts. Stephen and James Lutheran Church on South Hanover Street in Federal Hill. He was a 32nd degree Mason.
“He was an outgoing, social person,” said his son. “He could walk into a cocktail party knowing no one and leave with 50 new friends. People gravitated toward him. He was loyal and caring. He kept his friends over the decades and had some from his childhood.”
His daughter said Mr. Moore lived a good life and was rich in friends.
“He was charming and had a wry sense of humor, loved practical jokes and occasionally got into mischief,” she said. “He was an only child and he hung out with older cousins and learned over time that a little bit of mischief lent spice to life. He never did anything malicious or mean.”
Mr. Moore is survived by his partner of 39 years, Gary Harn, a retired teacher and guidance counselor at Loch Raven Senior High School; a daughter, Valerie Dale of New Market; a son, Jon G. Moore Sr. of Hamden, Connecticut; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. His marriage ended in divorce.
Services were Friday at the Ruck Towson Funeral Home.