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Melita Moore (1909 - 2008)


MOORE--Melita (Holly) Riley, passed away in Bloomfield, CT, on January 16, 2008. She was born in September 1909 in Joplin, Missouri, the daughter of the late William M. and Rose (Brunner) Holly.

She graduated from Wellesley College 1932 (Phi Beta Kappa). Having received the Math Prize enabled her to continue her studies and she obtained a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan.

She taught mathematics in private schools and Wellesley College until the war when she went to Washington D.C. to work in the Acoustics Division of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory. After the war, she joined the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as head of the section that compiled the Consumer Price and Wholesale Price Indexes. In 1946, she married architect Chauncey W. Riley and lived in New York City and New Canaan, CT. She joined the Statistical Office of the United Nations as head of its research section. After 10 years of fulltime work, she changed to part-time work for 20 more years during which she visited over 80 countries all over the world. Chauncey Riley passed away in 1972.

In 1975 Melita married the well known economist Geoffrey H. Moore. She co-authored one of his books, "International Economic Indicators". Dr. Moore passed away in 2000. In 1998, she initiated the "Adopt a Minefield" program in New Canaan, CT, that raised enough money to successfully clear mine fields in a village in Cambodia. For this project and for work in the United Nations she was awarded, with 140 others, the Ruth Steinkraus-Cohen memorial listing of "outstanding women in Connecticut".

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bryant and Sandra Riley of Mount Sterling, OH, two granddaughters, Holly and Jeff Vigar of Lewis Center, OH, and Megan Riley of Asheville, NC; a greatgranddaughter, Alexa Vigar and six stepchildren and their families, Monica Riley of Richmond, CA, Karl Riley of Hampstead, NC, Stephen and Nancy Moore of Bluffton, SC, Peter and Tina Moore of Fort Thomas, KY, Kathleen and Leighton Holness of Somerset, NJ, and Pamela and Stephen Pelligrino of Moultenborough, NH. Private burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery, New Canaan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, www.afsc.org.

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