JAMES "Curt" MOFFATT (1951 - 2018)

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Wasatch Lawn Mortuary
3401 South Highland Drive
Salt Lake City, UT
Memorial service
Friday, Jan. 18, 2019
2:00 PM
Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC
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Memorial service
Friday, Jan. 25, 2019
10:00 AM
Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, TX
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MOFFATT JAMES CURTIS MOFFATT "Curt" January 22, 1951~December 28, 2018 James "Curt" Moffatt, a resident of Potomac, Maryland passed away on Friday December 28, 2018, while skiing in Utah with his family. Curt was born to Doris Smith Moffatt and Donald James Moffatt in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina along with his twin sister, Jan Elizabeth Moffatt. But Curt was older, he as always happy to point out. Curt's early childhood and teenage years were spent in Milford, Connecticut where he attended Milford High School. He excelled academically and served as President of the Honor Council during his junior and senior years. He attended Duke University and graduated in 1973 from Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. While at Duke, Curt was somewhat of a rebel rouser and political advocate - so much so that the President of Duke, Terry Sanford (and former U.S. Senator), recognized Curt's talents and asked him to become one of his student aides. President Sanford set Curt on course for his future law degree and interest in public policy and public service. Curt worked on Sanford's campaigns for President as well as for Senators Mo Udall and Fritz Hollings, and Jimmy Carter. After Duke, Curt attended the University of North Carolina Law School in Chapel Hill where he graduated with a JD in 1979. Subsequent to Carter's campaign, where Curt served on the Presidential Inaugural Committee, he joined the Federal Power Commission (now the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) as special assistant and advisor to the Chairman, Charlie Curtis, which began his life long career in the energy field, where he became an esteemed expert in all things "energy." After the FPC, Curt joined the firms of O'Neill and Haase, followed by Van Ness Feldman as a senior partner until 2014. In 2014, Curt joined Kinder Morgan, Houston, Texas, as Deputy General Counsel of the Gas Group, a company that Curt represented during his years at VNF serving. In 2017, Curt was promoted to the position of General Counsel for the company, a position in which he served until the time of his death. Curt was set to retire in July of 2019, when he and his wife, Piper, planned to travel the world over with his millions of frequent flier miles he had earned during his weekly commute between their home in Potomac to Houston. Professionally, Curt was revered by all who had the high honor to have worked with, for and even those who found themselves on the opposite side of the table. His knowledge, expertise, strong work ethic and vision earned him the reputation of best in the business. He was also an admired mentor to many. But the qualities that Curt is most remembered for were his generous spirit, his love of and gratitude for life, his love of family and friends, an enduring smile and infectious laugh, and the warmest reception with truly embracing hugs. He literally would do anything for his friends and family without exception and without expectations of favors in return. Unconditional love was Curt's most endearing quality that anyone who had the honor to know him, recognized right away. In addition to his professional career, Curt found time to give back to several philanthropic interests: Curt served as the Chair of the Board of Visitors at Duke University's Nicholas School for the Environment preceded by Vice Chair; the Caron Foundation dedicated to alcohol and drug addiction recovery where Curt served in multiple capacities, as Vice Chair of the Caron Corporate Board, Caron DC Board member and Chair and was awarded the Richard J. Caron Award of Excellence. At Sandy Spring Friends School Curt from which both of his sons matriculated. was Vice Clerk and Clerk of the Board. Curt was an "almost" scratch golfer, loved "plopping" on Bethany Beach with family and good friends, skiing, biking, and looking forward to many adventures in retirement. Curt is survived by his wife, Piper Parker Moffatt, of Potomac, his sons Benjamin (Jamie) Moffatt (Nashville, Tenn.), Joshua Moffatt (Betsy) DC), his stepson, Alexander "Shooter" Starr (Sarah), and two grandchildren Parker and Brenna Starr of DC. His honorary daughter, Tanya Gleason (Stefan),and their two children, Jonah and Tiernan Gleason, of Charlotte, NC. Curt's first wife and mother of his children was Greta Coen Moffatt, deceased. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in Curt's honor could be made to Duke University's Nicholas School for the Environment Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Box 90328, Durham, NC 27708; The Caron Foundation Development Office, PO Box 150, Wernersville, PA 19565 or online at https://www.caron.org/give-to-caron/donate-form.; Sandy Spring Friends School (c/o Advancement Office, 16923 Norwood Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860 or https://www.ssfs.org/support-ssfs/donate) or the Montgomery County Humane Society, Development Office, 601 South Stonestreet, Rockville, Md. 20850 or online at https://www.mchumane.org. A memorial service to celebrate Curt's life will be held in Washington D. C. on January 18, 2019 at 2 p.m. followed by a reception at 3 p.m. at the Mayflower Hotel (1127 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. A memorial service will also be held in Houston, Texas on Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts.A memorial service will also be held in Houston, Texas on Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts.
Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2019
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