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William Bowditch ‘Bill’ Moore

SALISBURY — William Bowditch “Bill” Moore died peacefully in his home in Arlington, Virginia, surrounded by his family on the morning of Dec. 16, 2022. He was born in Hillsdale, Michigan on Feb. 25, 1934, the oldest child of Leonard and Vivian Moore. He moved frequently with his father’s job at the Goodyear Corporation before graduating from Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. He attended the University of North Carolina on a NROTC scholarship, where he played lacrosse. After graduating in 1956 he joined the Marines for three years, serving in Okinawa, Japan and rising to the rank of Major. He completed law school at the University of Virginia in 1962 and moved to Arlington where he would remain for the next 50 years. He joined the Kendrick, Gearhart, Aylor and Lockowandt Law Firm in 1962, reaching partner in 1969, and served as president of the Arlington Jaycees and the Arlington Bar Association. Over the next several decades, he founded and worked as the president of Arlington Designer Homes. The company built over 100 homes and was on the forefront of environmentally efficient home design. In 1967,  on his third attempt, he was successful in obtaining a date with Sheila Ann Lawlor. They were married in April of 1968 and purchased a home on 24th Road where he lived for the rest of his life. He spent summers on Mt. Riga in Salisbury, Connecticut and was a tennis player, skier, Master Gardener, avid bridge player, mediocre golfer, and longtime member of Washington Golf and Country Club. He is pre-deceased by a long line of devoted dogs. He is survived by his wife Sheila, children Chris, Andrew, Margaret, Tom, and their spouses Tobey, Dan, Maggie, and Danielle, and grandchildren Finn, Matthew, Abby, Owen, Eliot, Max, Delilah, Avett, Holden, and Walker, and sister Jane Brown. A service will be held at St. Agnes in Arlington on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 11 o’clock with a reception to follow at Washington Golf and Country Club. A remembrance will be held on Mt. Riga on Aug. 12. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Missionhurst www.tinyurl.com/55vjmrhx, or to the Bill Moore Memorial Tennis Court Fund at Mt. Riga, www.tinyurl.com/3a6pzwnh.

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