Obituary: Katherine ‘Kitty’ Craig Moore

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Former Willows resident Katherine (Craig) Moore, Ph.D., of Oakland, died on Thursday, March 31, 2022, after complications from surgery. She had been trying to correct a very painful and debilitating degradation of her spine due to osteoporosis.

She was born in Vallejo near the Mare Island Naval Base, where her father, Albert Craig, worked on electrical submarines as part of the war effort. Her mother, Jane Craig (Johnson), was a proud graduate of Mills College.

She was sister to Kenneth (deceased) and Richard.

She grew up in Willows, with good friends Liz (Croissant) Bartell and Andrea (Louie) Johnson. The three of them eventually travelled all over the world to admire beauty and do grand things that usually included eating the finest of whatever was available.

Katherine married Denis Moore, formerly of Mendocino County, in 1965. Although that union dissolved in 1994, it produced two sons, Robert (Christine) and Alan. Alan predeceased her in 2017.

She was grandmother to Glenn, to whom she referred as “the most perfect person in the world.”

She attended UC Davis and UC Berkeley. She returned to graduate school at UCB when her children were young, eventually earning a Ph.D. in Endocrinology.

She greatly enjoyed the life sciences, animals, and nature. She loved research, and eventually taught biology at junior colleges in the east bay area.

In between those experiences, she worked at things as diverse as being a fry cook at a local breakfast spot, to being a medical lab tech and phlebotomist.

A memorial service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 26, at the St. Luke’s Lutheran Church at 2491 San Miguel Drive, Walnut Creek. A short reception is to follow.

A private interment is planned for a later date.

Please make any memorial donations in Katherine’s name to the Oakland Zoo, under the name of The Conservation Society of California, PO Box 5238, Oakland, CA 94605.