JAMES F., passed away October 26, 2014 at Lords Hospital in Camden, NJ. He was 80 years old. James was a native of Huntington, West Virginia. James attended The Harvey School for Boys, after graduation he went on to the Kent School in Connecticut. (class of 52). He became editor -in-chief of the Kent news. He attended Columbia University in New York. After his short stay at Columbia he returned to West Virginia to work at the Daily News Digest where he began his career as a journalist and met his future wife Gloria. The family arrived in Philadelphia in 1964. James became Business editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer, his career lasted 33 years. As part of the Inquirer staff, he was awarded the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for journalism, for coverage of Three Mile Island nuclear accident. He also taught journalism at Temple University at Rutgers University in Camden for 29 years. His students at Rutgers may remember his use of the acronym PYIRP (Put Yourself In the Readers Place), and he established the PYIRP award for students that completed his journalism corse. James is survived by his three children, Tamarah, Christofer (Deborah), James (Michelle), 3 grandsons and one great granddaughter. his brother Professor Frederick Moffatt (Anne), and two nephews, his wife Muriel Alls-Moffatt 3 stepchildren, Caroline (Jeffery) James (Kim) Samantha, and 8 grand children. James loved news-papers, he was known to critique all and any news articles, he would take his red pen and underline mistakes in spelling, punctuation, bad headlines received a rewrite in red ink and were cut out and sent to the editor with a note. The editor of the New york Times was a recipient of one such note, he wrote to James apologizing for the obvious mistakes and thanking him for bringing the mistakes to his attention. James was a lover of all animals he could be seen walking his dog early in the morning in his robe, slippers and his blue and yellow WV knit hat.a sight to be seen.
Friends are invited to to his viewing on Friday October 31st at WEBER FUNERAL HOME, 112 Broad St. (River Road), Riverton N.J. 6 - 8 P.M. and Saturday. November 1st 10 A.M. a Christian Burial Service will be held at Christ Church (Episcopal) 500 4th Street, Riverton. Interment will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Medford.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the James and Gloria Moffatt Memorial Scholarship Fund 9887 Department of Alumni Relations. Rutgers University, 411 Cooper Street, Camden, NJ. 08102. Attn: Carla Davenport
Published in Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on Oct. 29, 2014.