James M. Moeller, Local Activist

James Myron Moeller,

    James Myron Moeller, a teacher, coach, pilot, and amateur radio operator, died on Jan. 22 at Southampton Hospital. Mr. Moeller, who was 73, had been successfully treated for cancer as a young man but complications of treatment over the years took a toll on his health, his family said.
    A community activist, Mr. Moeller and his wife of 50 years, the former Mary Ella Parsons, lived in East Hampton for the last 13. He served as a deacon of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church, was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels, regularly attended meetings of the East Hampton School Board, and frequently wrote letters to the editor of The Star. He also was an East Hampton Republican Party committeeman, president of the East Hampton Rotary, and was a member of the Port Jefferson Masonic Lodge and played the organ for the Eastern Star Lodge in Riverhead. A radio buff all his life, he was active with the Bonac Amateur Radio Club.
    He was born in Spencer, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 1938, the son of Myron Moeller and the former Lillian Yeutter. As a teenager he helped in his parents’ hardware store and plumbing business. He graduated in 1956 from the Milford Iowa Consolidated School as salutatorian. Four years later he received a degree in business from Iowa State University, where he managed its football team and was a member of Theta Chi. He went on to get a master’s degree in liberal studies from the State University at Stony Brook and to receive a New York secondary teaching certificate.
    Mr. and Mrs. Miller had lived for 37 years in Miller Place, where he taught math from 1962 to 1993. He coached the high school girls cross-country team and, as he was a golfer, he also coached the school’s golf team, which won a state championship. He was an adviser to many senior classes there and served as president of the Miller Place Teachers Association.
    After retiring, Mr. Moeller became treasurer of the New York Retired Teachers Association’s East End unit. He was treasurer and president of the budget and finance committee of the association’s Long Island zone and chairman of its insurance trust. He received a number of achievement awards from the association for dedication in retirement to education.
     A member of the Mount Sinai Congregational Church during the years he lived in Miller Place, Mr. Moeller served on a number of its committees. He also sang tenor in the Whalers Barbershop Chorus. Mr. Moeller enjoyed flying small aircraft, calligraphy, and crossword puzzles.
    He is survived by his wife, a daughter, Mary Beth Lundborg of Quogue, two grandchildren, and a brother, Gary Milford Moeller of Arnolds Park, Iowa.
    A memorial service will be held Wednesday at the East Hampton Presbyterian Church at 1 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Schacher will officiate. Burial will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in East Hampton. Family and friends will be invited to share their memories at the church’s Session House afterward.
    Memorial contributions were suggested to the East Hampton Presbyterian Church or to the cardiac rehabilitation unit of Southampton Hospital, 240 Meeting House Lane, Southampton 11968, where Mr. Moeller had been a patient following open heart surgery.