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George C. J. MOORE

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MOORE, George C. J.

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George, 70, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his devoted and loving family, on March 5, 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Angela; his beloved daughter, Anna, her marvelous husband, Robin and their three adoring children, Naomi, Sofia and Viggo; his brother, best friend and mentor, Reid; Reid's loving children, Allyson, Ramsey, Carter and Winston; Winston's devoted mother, Julie; Angela's dear daughter, Anna, and her deeply caring children, Anton and Matilda. Born in Chattanooga, George grew up on Lookout Mountain. He graduated from Palm Beach High School in 1960, the University of Florida in 1963, and St. Andrews University in Scotland in 1966. At St. Andrews he gained a B.Phil. for a research thesis on Russian law. He then spent three years at Cambridge University, graduating with Honors Degrees in English Law and International Law. At Cambridge, he was the first elected President of the Graduate Students' Union and spent long vacations travelling by motorcycle and VW throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. After Cambridge, he was called to the English Bar as a Barrister of Inner Temple, London. Returning to the U.S., he served two years as Legislative Assistant to a U.S. Senator in Washington. Finding the Florida Bar unwilling to recognize his Cambridge law degree as sufficient for purposes of admission, he sued it. Successful, he returned to Florida and embarked on the practice of international law, subsequently gaining admission to the Bar in eight British Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean. In 1981, George founded the World Trade Council of Palm Beach County and went on to chair the International Law Section of the Florida Bar, the Florida Council of International Development, the Florida Governor's Conference on World Trade, the Florida Export Council of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the Florida Economic Growth and International Development Commission. As a lawyer, he testified as an expert witness in a dozen cases on foreign law and both advised and represented the governments of several countries. Author of more than 60 articles on international business topics, he more recently became recognized as an authority on intellectual property in the Caribbean, publishing articles and providing legal services in 23 jurisdictions there. George chaired the international law certification board of the Florida Bar and was Board Certified as a Specialist in International Law. He served on the Editorial Boards of The International Lawyer, the American Bar Association journal, and The Trademark Reporter, the International Trademark Association journal. He also produced two special editions of the Florida Bar Journal on Florida's new internationalism. For decades he served on the board of FAVACA, the Florida agency that sends volunteers on aid missions to the Caribbean. In 2011, George had the good fortune of being joined in his practice by his cousin Katherine Van Deusen Hely, a graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. George was delighted to know that she will take on and expand his law practice together with Attorneys Michael Slavin and Carl Spagnuolo. George was especially grateful for the free-spirited nurture and love of his mother, the rigor espoused by his father, the counsel, imagination and friendship of his brother, the marvelous, dynamic and multi-faceted relationship he enjoyed with his devoted daughter Anna, the oh-so-special artistry, beauty and affection of his gorgeous, adoring wife Angela, and the tutelage, inspiration and spirituality of his grandmother, Abby Crawford Milton. Abby was a model for George all his life. He always sought to emulate the high standards and commitment she exemplified. A descendant of Plymouth Governor William Bradford, Abby lived to be 110. She led the women's suffrage movement in Tennessee, where the last vote was cast to change the U.S. Constitution to give women the right to vote. Shortly before his death, George was gratified to learn that, as a result of his efforts, the Tennessee Historical Commission has approved the placing of historical markers commemorating his grandmother in Chattanooga and Nashville. George had an unrivalled zest for life, reflected in his insatiable appetite for travel, the outdoors, cycling, photography and music parties. He never lost his child-like enthusiasm for and curiosity about the world around him. George was a free spirit who used his immense charm and sense of mischief to tease us in ways that always ended in joy. He delighted in sharing his experiences with friends and family, spreading happiness with the same generosity that he displayed in so many other ways. He valued the abiding friendships of Schaack, Shelton, John, Ian, Kern, Dolores, Marcos and Gunnar, and the loyalty and dedication of his staff, Sidey, Pat, Sondra, Elsa, Emily, Jennifer and Scott. All who knew him will miss him greatly. George first attended Bethesda-by-the-Sea and later Royal Poinciana Chapel, Palm Beach, where the funeral service will be conducted by Dr. Robert Norris at 2:00 PM on Monday, March 11. George greatly appreciated the care and attention he received from the doctors and nurses both in hospital and at home through Hospice by the Sea. In lieu of flowers, please say prayers for cancer victims and their suffering families worldwide and be ever more mindful and thankful for the miraculous gift of life and its many bountiful blessings. Arrangements by Quattlebaum Funeral Home 561-832-5171
Published in The Palm Beach Post from Mar. 8 to Mar. 11, 2013
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