“He was a complex and focused man.
He was a genius at innovation and problem solving.
He was an amazing sailor.
He could grow anything.
He could make...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jeffrey Moorman - Annapolis, MD
“Dear Dear Dad,
I didn't get to see you much in the last 20 years or so, being in Texas and raising a family of my own. But the times I did make a...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Carroll Moorman Nabors - Plano, TX
“Although I never got the chance to meet Roger, I feel as if I knew him through meeting his family here at Jordan Marine. Everyone here has fond...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Lis Jordan - Gloucester Point, VA
“My thoughts and prayers are with Roger's family and friends. Roger was such a bright, interesting and special individual. We enjoyed having him...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Elizabeth Jordan - VA
“Although I barely knew Roger Moorman personally, I grew up familiar with his Mobjack one-design while racing my Penguin, a gift from my parents [Fred...Read More »
5 of 13 | Posted by: Judy Swink - San Diego, CA
“I just want to remind folks and family of the great times we had back in the days of regattas and Mobjack Nationals, even . visits to the "farm" ...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Waldo W Scheid , CDR, USN RET - VA
“Inspired by the man who made a difference.
7 of 13 | Posted by: Scott Lakey - Stockholm, Sweden
“Between 1961 & 1965, my father (a lawyer) started Glebe Boat Co. to make fiberglass sailboat in Mathews County. Roger Moorman and Mobjack Mfg. Co....Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: John Blair Reeves, Sr. - VA
“All of us are so deeply sorry to learn of the loss of Roger. We all remember him very well on his many returns to campus, especially during Alumni...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Huntley Galleher - Christchurch, VA
“Roger Moorman was my grandfather. Growing up I knew he was a cantankerous old coot and difficult to get along with, but also full of interesting...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Andrew Kator - Clifton Forge, VA
“My thoughts and prayers are with you, especially at this time of your great loss. Roger was a firm and sturn man, (He had to be--with those daughters...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Richard Kelley Parkes - VA
“designed refrigeration system for his "Mobjack" and helped him install it.
We spent many hours together in front of my shop talking about our ...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Bill Kassing K & K Service Co. - VA
“Dear Jeffrey,My condolences to you & your family! You are all in my thoughts today It was a sad moment when I learned that Roger had passed away.When...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Trisa Farrish
RogerMoorman, 90, of Gloucester, Williamsburg and recently Richmond, VA, died March 9, 2012. Roger was born in Philadelphia, PA to Lt. Comdr. William Elliott Moorman, a 1910 graduate of the USNA, and Dorothy Dunn Smith of Germantown, PA. He graduated in 1939 from Christchurch School, Saluda, VA and spent the following year educating students in all phases of boat rigging and safety. In 1940, he enlisted in the Navy and was accepted in the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he earned his Varsity letter in gymnastics, later resigning and serving as chief gunnery officer on the Victory ships. On the Alice Lykes and Pittson Victory, he defended wartime runs to both the Black Sea port of Odessa and the dangerous Soviet Artic port of Murmansk, near the end of the war.
Roger was preceded in death by his first wife, Harriet Alfaretta Friend; his sister, Patricia; his grandson, David; and his nephew, Elliott. He is survived by his sister and brother, Madeline Riley and W. E. Moorman Jr.; son, Jeffrey Moorman; and daughters, Anna (Nancy) Moorman, Judith Kator and Carroll Nabors; Judith's sons, Andrew and Zachary, and Carroll's son, Sam.
Roger was destined to be a boat-builder: he designed a kayak at nine, and as a student at Christchurch School, a sailboat. His dreams of boat-building were delayed: after military service, he earned a living as a gunsmith, cabinet maker, and as co-partner with Percy Watt Hood, he made the famous Gloucester Leg Stool. Finally in 1954, Roger made his dreams a reality when he designed and manufactured his 17 ft. sloop Mobjack –the very first self-bailing fiberglass boat. He held patents in both England and Canada. Roger also built 15 ft. Windmills, frequently used as training boats in Annapolis, Christchurch and other sailing schools.
In 1976, Roger retired. He made 25 round trips along the Intracoastal Waterway to Florida by sail. In 1996, with the desire to build one last boat, he began construction of a replica of the 31 ft., Lillian D, an 1899 Chesapeake sailing log canoe used by Poquoson oystermen. Until 1909, log canoes were in active service before being converted to powerboats. As was the custom, Roger's canoe was named the Dorothy D, after his mother.
Roger's energy, wit and adventuresome spirit will be missed.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Ware Academy in Gloucester or Christchurch School in Saluda.
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