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George Eugene Moldovan
passed away peacefully Monday morning, Aug. 18, 2014.  Born July 26, 1928  in Canton, Ohio, he was the son of George and Livia Moldovan, first-generation immigrants from Romania. His father owned and operated a family restaurant, inspiring his lifelong love of food and cooking.  George and his three sisters enjoyed a happy family life, with things always going on, in and out of their bustling household, like dancing under the stars at the Meyers Lake pavilion. He attended Bowling Green University, earning a B.A. degree in Fine Arts.  He then served as Sergeant First Class, stationed in Germany, during the Korean War from October 1950 to November 1952 where, with access to his own jeep, learned to ski in the Bavarian alps.  He was Director of the Zanesville Art Museum in Zanesville, Ohio before entering graduate school in 1961 at the Ohio State University in Columbus.  He earned an MA in painting.  In 1965 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Fine Arts at East Tennessee State University until retiring as Associate Professor in 1993.  He was a dynamic instructor in class, specializing in figure drawing, and oil and watercolor painting.  In addition to teaching, he was director of the Slocumb Gallery and as such was responsible for exhibitions of such luminaries as Howard Kottler and Misaaki Sato.  He made many art excursions to New York City, scouting for interesting talents and trends in the modern art scene. He was a gifted artist in his own right.  His work includes a series of two-color silhouette monoprints, an oil painting series of Bacchanalian scenes, and numerous nuanced watercolors of landscapes, rooftops, still lifes, and portraits.  He also produced many portfolios of sketches and studies in charcoal and pencil, as well as some works of pottery and sculpture. In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, George was actively involved with the Johnson City Community Theater as actor and director, notably for productions of Barefoot in the Park and A View from the Bridge.  The family spent great summer weeks in Ohio visiting his parents and his sisters' families.  In 1975, he set out for a legendary month-long cross-country car trip with the two younger of his kids in a 2-door Fiat coupe and a small dome tent. George was the consummate host and entertainer.  As adults, his children recall memorable evenings at his eclectic apartment on Chestnut St. and days on his pontoon boat at Boone Lake.  He was a great cook, who could turn simple ingredients into a veritable feast.   George was an animated downhill skier and a vigorous card player in rowdy games of Euchre, Gin, Hearts, and Full-Contact Bridge.  His uncanny ability to find a bargain and make a deal were unparalleled, at home and abroad. He enjoyed many a festive foray to Greece, Germany, Austria, Italy, and India. His last eight years were spent as a beloved resident of Appalachian Christian Village, where he continued to display his outgoing and distinctive personality, developing many friendships among the residents and staff.  Gregarious, creative, worldly, and eloquent, he will always be remembered for his exuberant love of life.
 He was predeceased by two sisters, Virginia Beck and Victoria Mozea.  George is survived and will be deeply missed by his sister and brother-in-law, Adele and George Carabet; two daughters, Helen Anglos. of Brattleboro, Vt., and Chris Puckett, of Bloomington, Ind.; one son, Phil Moldovan, of Erwin, Tenn.; three grandsons, Evan Plunkett, Ryan Plunkett, and Alex Puckett; as well as extended family, including in-laws, nieces and nephews.
 There will be a private memorial service held for family and friends.  Appalachian Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Moldolvan family. 
Appalachian, (423) 928-6111 


Published in The Repository on Aug. 22, 2014
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