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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.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2019.
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January 22, 2019
i knew Curt at Duke -- student politics and related -- then he and i reconnected via facebook --- Curt was a remarkable talent, humatarian, brilliant man -- it is devestating to read of his passing -- love and prayers to his family ....
Patti Giffin
January 21, 2019
To family and friends God is a refuge and strength for you in your time of such great loss. May you be comforted by reading Psalm 46 verse 1. My sincere condolences.
January 18, 2019
Curt was so warm and personable. My family and I have fond memories of some travel that brought us together. We are so deeply saddened to hear about his death. Our sincere condolences to Piper and the rest of the Moffatt Family and friends on your loss. Ken, Ingrid, and Izabella Tinsley, Arlington, VA
Kenneth Tinsley
January 17, 2019
I have the fondest memory of Curt and his warm and happy disposition during the many times we shared watching soccer games and other sports at SSFS. Always willing and ready to help where he could. He wrote a nice letter of recommendation for my son Sergio to attend Duke University. The Henry family.
January 16, 2019
Moffat Family,
I am holding you all in the light as you celebrate Curt's life. He was a man of the generosity of spirit, of letting his life speak, and of thoughtfulness in conversations.
Jen Cort
January 16, 2019
Curt's warm, sincere and generous nature was a pleasure to share as members of the Sandy Spring Friends School community. He truly "Let his life speak" and leaves a legacy of love and good will.
Nadine & Greg Mort
January 11, 2019
I remember Curt from classes and shared activities in high school in Milford, though he was in the grade ahead of mine. He was simply one of the nicest people - bright, fun-loving, and kind to all. My deep condolences to his family, especially his sister Jan, who I remember as being just as nice as her brother.
Janet Lawler
January 10, 2019
Fondly recalling the countless summers shared in Bethany and Curt's infectious laugh! Condolences to Piper, Jamie and Josh ❤
Nina Paradiso
January 10, 2019
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Jan, Piper and the entire Moffatt Family My Deepest Condolences as I am deeply saddened over Curt's passing. RIP Curt
January 10, 2019
As a fellow parent of alums, my years on the SSFS board were some of the most rewarding in my life, but having served with Curt as board chair was quite an amazing learning experience. You find few natural leaders in the world who are both brim with self-confidence and listen intently to others. He led with his heart and acted with his head. He leaves a hole in the world, but filled so many for others.My sympathies to his family. I know he is a huge loss to them, but he was also lucky to have him as a big part of their lives.
Jim MacPherson
January 10, 2019
My condolences for your loss. It's times like these when the loving promises of our Heavenly Father can bring us comfort and can soften some of the pain you feel in your hearts. May God grant you guidance, strength and peace during your time of sorrow. 1Thessalonians 4:13,14
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