John William Moore

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John William Moore

Age 73, of Wilmington, DE, passed away peacefully surrounded by his adoring wife and children after a long fight with heart disease on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, at the Christiana Hospital.

Born at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana on February 6, 1938 he was the eldest son of the late Jack Moore and Louise Moore (Fraser). John (JW) came from very humble beginnings and graduated valedictorian from Ben Davis High School at age 16. He then obtained his bachelors in engineering from the General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) through a Co-op program, and completed his PhD studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During his university studies he worked on rocket nozzles for the Minuteman missile systems for Allison, and after graduating Michigan went to work for DuPont in Wilmington. During his 27 years at DuPont the family moved from Wilmington to such exotic locations as Martinsville, VA and Geneva, Switzerland, developing many wonderful, rewarding friendships during those travels. His DuPont projects that he recalled most fondly were in fibers pioneering research where he led a team that developed the first non tire cord application for Kevlar® in the non structural parts of the Lockheed Tristar L-1011 jet, Antron plus carpet stain release, which over time evolved into the precursor for Stainmaster®, and the use of Lycra® spandex in baby diapers. After his retirement from DuPont, John co-founded Optimer, Inc. with his children and worked closely with many brilliant fellow early retirees to conduct contract fiber and polymer research and eventually developed novel advanced fibers and yarn blends used in performance and protective clothing. Optimer's efforts grew into a thriving business selling technology worldwide under the drirelease® and DRIFIRE® trademarks.

JW's talents extended far beyond business and research, as he valued his personal relationships and embraced a life full of humor, art, wine, philosophy and deep human contact. He belonged to the Delaware Bibliophiles and for thirty years was a member of the Unitarian book club. Over his life he was deeply interested in spirituality and studied world religions, cultures and served the First Unitarian Church for a term as president. As an international traveler he circumnavigated the globe with his wife, and logged hundreds of thousands of miles on adventures with close friends and family from Patagonia to Alaska, Russia to Africa, and New Zealand to China.

He is survived by his wife Diann P. Moore (Barnhill) of 51 years; three children, John A. (Elizabeth), Lisabeth A. and Christopher S. (Amy Castellani) and six grandchildren, Haley, Henry, Charlotte, Beatrix, Zoe and Abigail. JW is also survived by his brothers Joseph and Alexander and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister Anna Jane Hayward and his son-in-law Daniel S. Hart.

The profound sadness of his loss by his family and friends is only matched by the positive influence he had on so many he touched present and departed. Godspeed JW.

A Memorial Service for JW will be held at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington, DE 19806 at 5 pm on Saturday, November 10th.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate your making a donation to the in JW's name.


Published in The News Journal from Nov. 3 to Nov. 6, 2012
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