Jennifer Hoffman Moore ’90

Jennifer Hoffman Moore '90
Jennifer loved to be outside.  She loved the sunshine more than anyone else.  She was the only person who would say, “Thankfully, it’s going to be 94 degrees tomorrow!”

She loved fireworks; when she heard them going off she would grab a kid and run around town together until they could see them.

Jen loved mashed potatoes.  She loved cheese. She loved laughing.  She loved driving a stick shift with the top down. She loved dancing in the kitchen to whatever her girls put on the radio. She was incredibly generous and gracious.  Jen loved her family above all else.

Jen was born Jennifer Lynn Hoffman on March 6, 1968, in East Lansing, Mich., to Judith Lee Stangel Hoffman and Alan John Hoffman.  Jen grew up in Tucker, Ga., and graduated from Shamrock High School in Decatur in 1986. She served as the school’s Miss Shamrock her junior year.  Jen studied political science at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C., and served as editor of its student newspaper, The Davidsonian. She graduated in 1990.

Jen was a journalist. She began her professional career as a college intern at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. She joined the newspaper full-time as a staff writer the summer immediately after she graduated from college. She launched many of the then-new newspaper’s now-signature reports, including The Philanthropy 400 and its annual survey of charitable-organization salaries.

Jen was a gifted writer and editor, and eventually earned the role as The Chronicle’s managing editor. She was known for having a deft touch with profiles and how-to stories, and had a great ‘bedside manner’ with her reporters.

Her longtime friend and editor, Stacy Palmer, writes that Jen “always knew just how to tell a reporter what a story needed to be stronger and supported the journalists at COP with intelligence and compassion all the way through the editing process.” Jen later worked for Amtrak in Washington, D.C., and BLH Technologies, Inc., in Rockville, Md.

Jennifer Lynn Hoffman married Thomas Hampson Moore ’90 in Two Rivers, Wis., on June 23, 1990, as her grandparents Helen and Hugo Hoffman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Though they divorced in 2011, their marriage produced three amazing children: Katherine Violet Moore, born 1997; Joseph Hugo Moore, born 2000; and Eleanor Rose Moore, born 2002.  They were truly the loves of Jen’s life and she could not have been more proud of their many accomplishments.

Jen died October 14, 2017, at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md., as the result of a long illness. The last of Jen’s many gifts to the world was her donation of her organs and tissues.

Among those left to mourn Jen are her children, Katie, Joey and Ellie, of Rockville, Md.; her sisters, Laura Jane Cohen, of Burke, Va., Brenda Crellen, of Lady Lake, Fla., and Allison Sutton, of Norcross, Ga.; her father and stepmother, Alan and Nancy Hoffman, of Dumfries, Va.; her mother and stepfather, Judith and Ken Crellen, of Lawrencevillle, Ga.; two nieces (and one on the way); three nephews; countless in-laws and cousins (particularly on the Hoffman side); and many devoted friends and colleagues.

Jen’s memorial service will be held at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (5020 Battery Lane, Bethesda, Md., 20814) on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 5-8 p.m.

Peter “Pete” Breen Halverstadt ’90

“Peter “Pete” Breen Halverstadt, a Nashville attorney and advocate for the legally underserved, died July 24, 2014 from complications related to cancer surgery. He was 46.

Pete was born July 12, 1968 in Richmond, Va., to the Rev. Dr. Hugh Fleece Halverstadt and Barbara Ann Hornby. He was the grandson of Presbyterian missionaries James Andrews Halverstadt (1912-2000) and Charline Fox Fleece (1915-1976) of Atlanta and later of the Belgian Congo and Nashville, and Lewis Alfred Hornby (1909-1965) and Doris Louise Breen (1911-2010) of Welch, W. Va. Besides his grandparents, he is preceded in death by his brother, David Andrews Halverstadt (1969-2012).

An attorney since 1994, he gave freely of his time and talents to benefit the legally disadvantaged and underserved by regularly participating in the Dial-a-lawyer and Pro-Bono clinics and most passionately with the nonprofit Guardianship and Trust Corp. on whose Board he served for more than a decade and to whose operations and clients he donated his services. GTC, the only nonprofit trust company in Tennessee, provides management and certain other personal and legal services to people who, faced with impairment of intellect, are unable to make informed and rational decisions about their finances, medical care and other matters.

Pete also served for more than 20 years on the Board of the Herbert and Gertrude Halverstadt Foundation, the last three years as secretary/treasurer. Originally established in the 1960s, the family foundation has more than tripled its endowment since 1984 while quietly gifting more than $2 million to various religious, charitable and educational entities since its inception.

A graduate of Davidson College and the University of Tennessee College of Law, Pete chose to dedicate more than 13 years of his legal career to public service with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, specializing in worker’s compensation law and was given the responsibility of being the primary drafter of the 2004 worker’s compensation reform Act.  He strongly believed in a fair and impartial system that protected both worker and employer.

He was a man of deep and abiding faith who believed love was the most important ingredient for a meaningful life. In Barbara Anice Doak, a fellow Nashville attorney, he found a soul mate. They married April 18, 2009 in Nashville after a courtship of 16 months and settled in Fairview where they supported and volunteered at the local food bank and joined Emmanuel Presbyterian Church nearby.

Pete gave time and resources to help family, friends and the public in general. He was never too busy to lend a helping hand and was always ready with a pickup truck and a strong back. With three friends, he became a partner in The Board Room, a bar on Hermitage Ave. now called the Batter’s Box Bar & Grill. The investment nature of the business seemed almost secondary to the joy it gave Pete and his friends of congregating weekends to watch SEC Football, especially the Tennessee Vols, and root for his beloved Pittsburgh Steelers, the Tennessee Titans and the hapless Chicago Cubs. An avid sports fan,

Pete was sometimes particular about the level of sports he enjoyed, preferring college basketball to the professional teams; but watching both college and professional football and baseball.  Pete also loved watching NASCAR, rooting for drivers that no one else supported.

Pete’s love of history was insatiable and enduring throughout his life and he took great pleasure in reading accounts of events or people that were either from a different perspective or were previously unknown to him. A Civil War buff well read on all aspects of the conflict, he was delighted to learn something previously unknown to him when he read about Jones County, MS, the lone county in that state to vote against Mississippi’s seceding from the Union in 1861.

Pete is deeply mourned by his wife, Barbara, his father Hugh Fleece Halverstadt of Oak Park, Ill., and his husband, R. Craig Endicott, the Doak and Halverstadt families, and many friends and colleagues.

A memorial service to celebrate Pete’s life, officiated by the Rev. Blake Hawthorne Interim Pastor of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd., in Nashville, with a wake to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Pete’s name to the Guardianship and Trust Corp., 95 White Bridge Pike, Nashville, Tenn., 37205.


Christopher U. Leach ’90

Christopher U. Leach ’90 of Blacksburg, Va., died May 6, 2006, in Denver, Colo. Survivors include his parents, Nancy and H.U. “Woody” ’51 Leach of 1416 Crestview Dr, Blacksburg, Va. 24060; his sisters, Sherill Leach Dowdy, Susan Leach Borenstein, nieces and nephews.