James Francis Moore Sept. 26, 1918 - April 10, 2010.
Jim had a wonderfully long and full life. Born in Michigan in 1918, he moved with his family to Berkeley in 1936. Having developed an interest in acting while in high school, Jim segued into a career in radio announcing at KRE while attending UC Berkeley. While at KRE he hosted a popular jazz program and became involved in the local jazz scene. After graduation in 1941 he worked at KSFO until World War II interrupted, taking him to the Pacific Theater where he served four years as an Army Specialist broadcasting on Armed Forces Radio. Jim came home in 1946 and married his sweetheart and long-time fan Juanita Smith. In 1948 he began working for KGO in San Francisco; his various roles as staff announcer included disc jockey, interviewer, newscaster, variety show MC - once even presiding over a cooking show! During his last few years at KGO, Jim was host of the Jim Moore Show, a kinder, gentler prototype of today's rough and tumble call-in talk show. After retiring in 1972, Jim and Juanita traveled the world from their home base in Muir Beach, living for a time in southern France. Jim and Juanita were actively involved from the early years of the Marin Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. For them, the church remained a focal point and life-long source of community and friendship. Jim had a wonderful sense of humor and an insatiable curiosity about the world around him. He loved hiking the Sierra, music, good food and good company, his family, and..... bad puns! Jim is survived by his sister Marjorie Gasser and his three children: Marnie, Jamie, and Janet Moore, and their partners Michael MacKenzie and Diana Davis. A Memorial Service will be held on May 23 at 4:00pm at the Marin UUCM, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael CA.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on April 25, 2010