Obituary: Laura B. Moffet

  • by BAR staff
  • Wednesday January 24, 2018
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May 15, 1926 - December 25, 2017

Laura B. Moffet passed away peacefully in Oakland, California, on December 25, 2017. Laura was proud to be an honorary "mom" in the early 1980s to members of the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Marching Band and Twirling Corps.

Laura was born May 15, 1926, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and grew up in Champagne-Urbana, Illinois, where her father was the dean of the School of Education at the University of Illinois. In 1947 she lived and worked in Vienna, which inspired her to travel across Europe later in her life. Laura was a professor of English and humanities at Monmouth College and Carl Sandburg Community College (Galesburg, Illinois); she taught for 25 years at Edison Community College in Ft. Myers, Florida, living in the house she built on Sanibel Island, Florida. Laura chaperoned groups of college students almost every year to Europe and especially loved Venice.

Laura retired to Mill Valley, California, in 1999 and lived her final years in Oakland. Laura leaves behind her sons John (Martha's Vineyard), Stephen (Wheaton, Illinois) and Howard (Oakland), their spouses and partners; grandchildren Caroline, Maggie, Carrie, Tristan, Shane, and Cooper; and great-grandchildren Trinity and Paige.

A celebration of life is planned for February 24, in Oakland. For more information, contact Howard Moffet at