Jan Moore passed away unexpectedly December 22, 2013. She was born to George H. and Evelyn Sutliff in Evanston, Illinois, on May 27, 1931. |
Her family moved to the Sweetwater Valley in San Diego County in 1940, and she remained a Californian thereafter. She graduated from Sweetwater High in 1949, and received her B.A. and a teaching credential in 1953 from San Diego State College, and later earned a Master's degree in English Literature from Stanford University. She taught at several schools in the San Diego area before arriving at La Jolla High School where she rose to head of the English Department, a position from which she retired after a career spanning over three decades.
She was an avid folk dancer and was especially fond of Balkan folk dancing and music. An enthusiastic traveler, she visited almost every country in Europe several times, and was able to enhance her lectures on almost any literary topic with first-hand accounts of the locales involved.
She was a generous person with a warm heart and a beaming smile. She had a unique, caring way about her and effortlessly connected with people in any situation. She loved animals as much as she did family and friends. The topic of her cats entered into almost every conversation. She absolutely adored her husband, Bill, whose intellectual humor and wit always kept her smiling and sharing his jokes.
She was a very dear person to all those that knew her. She will be sorely missed, but surely remembered.
She is survived by her husband, William Moore; her brother, George H. Jr. and his wife, Mary; nieces and nephews, Lynn, Matthew, Gregory, Craig, Julie, Karen, Stephanie, Andrew, Geoffrey and Brian Sutliff and Stephen, Melissa and Sarah Welk; and goddaughters, Sarah and Karen Lundy. She was predeceased by her brother, Roderick Sutliff, and sister, Nancy Sutliff Welk.
She will be sorely missed by her many friends in the Metropolitan Opera National Committee, the Friends of Classics, and countless former students of La Jolla High School, where she taught English Literature for most of her career.
Services will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at 3pm at First United Methodist Church, 2111 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego.
Published in La Jolla Light on Jan. 9, 2014