James Fredrick Moore, 62 years of age, of Chula Vista, Calif., died on Jan. 13.

He was born in Lincoln, Neb. on June 3, 1953.

His father, Dr. Donald Clark Moore, was a professor of physics at the University of Nebraska. The family moved to Ridgefield in 1956, renting first on Island Hill Avenue, while waiting for a new house to be completed on Poplar Road as Dr. Moore changed careers to work as a physicist with Schlumberger.  Moore’s mother, Merriam Mann Moore, taught Spanish and German at Ridgefield High School and was the chairman of the foreign language department for many years. Both parents predeceased him.

When he was nine or 10, the family lived in San Luis, Argentina where Dr. Moore was a professor at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, San Luis, San Juan y Mendoza. He attended elementary school and all his classes were in Spanish. During the 10th grade of high school, he was again a student in San Luis, Argentina. He also spent a year as a Rotary Club Exchange Student in Chihuahua, Mexico.

He graduated from Ridgefield High School, Class of 1971 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from Columbia University in 1975.

While he was in college, he was a taxi driver to make spending money. After college, he moved to the Boston area where he was a real estate investor, a steam fitter in a shipyard and as a prison guard. From Boston, he moved to the San Diego area, where he had jobs as an apartment manager and as a stevedore.

On November 15, 2003, Irma Carrillo. Family and friends remembered him for his passion of family, travel, gardening and reading.

Aside from his wife, he is survived by three children, Caroline Clark Moore, Adriana Merriam Moore, and Gemma Alejandra Moore; two grandchildren, Aaliyah Turner and lzamar Rios; two sisters, Ann Moore Campbell and Elizabeth Moore Long; a step-brother William Anson, and step-sister Sarah Winfield.

A memorial service took place in Chula Vista on Jan. 23.