Ted L. Moore

December 30, 1931 ~ November 18, 2022 (age 90) 90 Years Old


Passed away peacefully at his home after a gallant battle with melanoma on November 18, 2022 at age 90.

He was born December 30, 1931 to the late Ernest and Roby Moore in Gastonia, NC where he attended grammar and high school.
Ted graduated from Duke University 1954 with a BA and completed one year of graduate study at Duke Divinity School. He then went on to earn his Masters degree in Social Service from Boston College, an MBA from the University of Miami and an Executive Management Program from Harvard Business School.

He is survived by his wife, Karen B. Moore; children, Katherine (Michael) Moore-Mueller, Eric Moore, Leslie (Robert) Mooney, Marcus (Tracy) Buckman, Robert Buckman; grandchildren, Adam (Jaci) Moore, Taryn (Aaron) Baek, Erica Moore, Joshua Moore, Bob Mooney, Jackie Mooney, Samantha (Greg) Rowley, Shelby Buckman, Sydney Buckman; as well as a beautiful group of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Ted is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Roby Moore; and brothers, Eddie and Thomas Moore.

Prior to his professional career Ted served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army. In 1959 he worked with at-risk youth in New Orleans. He worked for 34 years as an Executive Director with the United Way in Richmond Va., Reading Pa., Wilmington Del., Rochester, NY retiring from the Southeastern United Way in Philadelphia, Pa. Always involved, Ted served on numerous civic and business organizations. His life has been one of active participation and leadership. Ted received citations from the mayors of Reading Pa. and Rochester, NY honoring his services and leadership to the community. Ted served on several National Committees for the United Way of America as an instructor for the National Academy of Voluntarism and chaired the National Issues and Market Research Committee for many years. He was known and recognized throughout the country for his innovative approaches to community problems and fundraising. Ted also served on the board at Keuka College and on the Board of Overseers of the School of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania. He came out of retirement to lead a successful effort to merge the individual Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill United Ways into the Triangle United Way, which became the prototype for other organizations to follow.  During retirement Ted served on two town boards in Cary, NC and with several volunteer organizations. Ted enjoyed building coalitions within the communities that he lived; setting goals and making things happen.  Returning to Rochester in 2015, Ted was an active participant in the Highlands of Pittsford community. He chaired the Current Events meetings, participated in the strategic planning discussions, monthly cottage meetings and initiated many social events. 

He enjoyed playing tennis, downhill skiing and sailing with his wife Karen on Sodus Bay, Lake Ontario, Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina’s Pamlico Sound. They spent many years traveling to Florida, Virginia, Europe, Mexico and Costa Rica with family and friends. After retiring to Cary, NC, Ted perfected his golf game; participating in and winning many Senior Tournaments. He also enjoyed riding his recumbent bicycle and rode in the Ragbrai across Iowa with his son Eric.  An avid fan and informed alumni Ted especially loved watching Duke football and basketball.  Forever inquisitive, Ted could always be found reading and researching current events, medical breakthroughs and investing in the newest technology.  
Always one to bring people together, Ted loved gathering with others to share common interests, stories and experiences. He once told us, “Everyone has a story to tell about their life; I give them the opportunity to do so when I ask them to share it.”

A special thanks to the wonderful caregivers who provided much support to Ted’s family and helped care for Ted during his final year; Joanne Tate, Kiera Peterkin, Ingrid Phillips and Aisha Murray. 

Ted’s family invites you to his Celebration of Life to share your memories and stories of Ted on Saturday, December 10th, from 2-4 pm in the Community Center at the Main Building of the Highlands, 100 Hahnemann Trail in Pittsford. 

In lieu of flowers please kindly consider donations in Ted’s name to The Alzheimer Association Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter ( or the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes (

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Celebration of Life
December 10, 2022

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Highlands at Pittsford
100 Hahnemann Trail
Pittsford, NY 14534


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