Mystic - Charles Edward Moppett died at home Wednesday evening, Sept. 5, 2012. His death resulted from a long term side effect of radiation treatment for Hodgkins disease.
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Charles was born Sept. 23, 1941 in Paddington, London, England. His father was Charles Edward Moppett and his mother, Mary Margaret Hayes. Charles was educated at Imperial College in London where he received undergraduate degrees B.Sc., A.R.C.S. in 1963 and a graduate degree PH.D., D.I.C. in organic chemistry in 1966. He received the Edmund White Prize in Organic Chemistry. Charles immigrated to the United States in 1966 to pursue post doctoral work at Harvard University under the leadership of Professor R.B. Woodward. He was part of the team to work on the total synthesis of Vitamin B12. Charles worked in a number of scientific and management positions at Pfizer in a career spanning 28 years. He retired in March 2001.
Charles is survived by his wife of 30 years, Frances (Kahle) Moppett. He is also survived by two daughters, Samantha Moppett and her husband, Jon Kelley, of Wellesley, Mass. and Alison Moppett of N.Y., N.Y.; two granddaughters, Jocelyn and Charlotte. He is also survived by his brother, Derrick Reginald Moppett and his wife, Maria, of Russell, New Zealand; and brothers-in-law, George Kahle and wife, Sandy, of Vero Beach, Fla. and Douglas Kahle and wife, Barbara, of Virginia Beach, Va.; also dear "whanau" Marguerite Sharkey of Boston, Mass.
Throughout his life, Charles had a keen interest in racquet sports, running, skiing, kayaking, gardening and the study of history. His two great passions since retirement were gardening, dahlias in particular, and travel, taking walking tours in Europe and frequent extended visits to New Zealand.
Charles and his wife wish to thank the Doctors and staff of Yale-New Haven Hospital for their exceptional and dedicated service, as well as the staff of Masonicare Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at the Mystic Congregational Church, 43 East Main St., Mystic. A reception/luncheon will follow at the Seahorse in Noank. There will be no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on his behalf to Yale-New Haven Hospital, 20 York St., New Haven, CT 06510.
Please visit www.mysticfuneralhome.com to leave an online message of condolence.
Published in The Day on September 7, 2012