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Benjamin Allston Moore, Jr.

Benjamin Allston Moore, Jr.
  • December 2, 1930 - February 18, 2017
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • St. Michael's Church
    71 Broad Street
    Charleston, SC 29401
  • Memorials may be made to
  • Charleston Day School
    15 Archdale Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“Mr. Moore was an exemplary lawyer and a kind gentleman. I was honored to know him. My deepest condolences to his family. ”
1 of 11 | Posted by: D. Michael Henthorne - Columbia, SC

“My deepest sympathy to Ben's family ”
2 of 11 | Posted by: Martha Read - Washington, GA

“I worked with Mr. Moore for 25 years at Buist Moore, now Womble Carlyle. What a wonderful, kind man he was. He was a true gentleman and will be...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Magda Usera

“Ben was a true gentleman! I enjoyed his friendship and hearing his wonderful stories about Charleston in the good old days. I will miss him as will...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Debbie Fisher - Charleston, SC

“Mr. Moore was an incredible man with a heart of gold. He made a huge impact on my life and the lives of all who were blessed to know him. I, along...Read More »
5 of 11 | Posted by: Red - Charleston, SC

“Reading Ben's obituary reminded me yet again what a vibrant, interesting, and committed life he led! He was one of my earliest friends on moving to...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Kathleen Rivers - Charleston, SC

“What a great man Mr. Moore was. Always kind, funny, and just an all around true gentleman. Rest in peace, Mr. Moore. ”
7 of 11 | Posted by: Diane Furey - Norfolk, VA

“Always the epitome of a true southern gentleman.....rest in piece ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Cindy & joe Ronchetti - SC

“I worked at Buist Moore for ten years. Mr. Moore was the smartest, funniest, kindest man... I am saddened to hear about his passing, and my thoughts...Read More »
9 of 11 | Posted by: Kathleen Woodworth - Clinton, MD

“So Sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family. ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Elizabeth Lowndes - Moncks Corner, SC

“I will miss Ben so much. He was a friend and mentor ”
11 of 11 | Posted by: Sam Hines - Charleston, SC


Benjamin Allston Moore, Jr., 86, of Charleston, SC, husband of Judith Reed Moore, died peacefully Saturday, February 18, at his home on Tradd Street surrounded by his family. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017, St. Michael's Church, 71 Broad Street, 11:00 a.m. Interment, churchyard. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at 30 Tradd Street, Charleston. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

A native Charlestonian, Ben was born on December 2, 1930, the son of Benjamin Allston Moore and Susan Middleton Rutledge Moore.

Ben's early education began at Miss Sadie Jervey's school followed by Charleston Day School and the Gaud School. Ben was a 1948 graduate of Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, where he received the Randolph Fairfax Memorial Medal for Character, Conduct, and Scholarship. He continued his education at Princeton University where he was a member of the University Cottage Club and the track team, winning the Ivy League championship for the broad jump. Ben also completed the Naval ROTC program. After his graduation in 1952, he entered the Navy where he served for two years aboard the USS Thomas E. Frasier, obtaining the rank of Lieutenant JG. Upon his discharge, he entered the University of Virginia School of Law where he was editor of the Virginia Law Weekly.

After graduating from UVA in 1957, Ben moved back to Charleston and joined his father's law firm, Moore and Mouzon. In 1970, the firm merged with another local law firm to become Buist Moore Smythe & McGee with offices at 5 Exchange Street. Ben's practice focused primarily on Civil Litigation and Admiralty Law. Among his many professional accomplishments, Ben was the founder and first president of the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney's Association, co-founder of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, member of the executive committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel, and president of the Charleston County Bar Association.

Ben was actively involved in numerous charitable, civic and educational organizations, serving on the boards of Episcopal High School, St. Timothy's School, MUSC Health Sciences Foundation, Bishop Gadsden and the Charleston Library Society. He was especially passionate about Charleston Day School. He played an instrumental role in establishing it as a non-profit corporation in 1969, and became its first Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

An avid outdoorsman, Ben loved sailing, hunting, and fishing throughout the Charleston Lowcountry. He was a member of the Megantic Fish and Game Club in Maine, and spent many wonderful years with his friends and family fly fishing for brook trout and enjoying his favorite cocktail at sunset overlooking Big Island Pond. One of Ben's greatest life experiences was being a co-owner of the Bon Ami, a 50-foot ketch, and sailing with close friends in the Expo '98 Round the World Rally.

Ben was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati, the St. Cecilia Society, the Society of the Colonial Wars, the South Carolina Society, the Charleston Ancient Artillery Society, the St. George's Society, the Carolina Plantation Society and the Carolina Yacht Club.

A lifelong member of St. Michael's Church, Ben served as both a Trustee and a Senior Warden.

Predeceased by his beloved brother Benjamin Huger Rutledge Moore, Ben is survived by his wife, three children, eleven grandchildren, and a stepson: Margaret Charbonnier Moore Miller (Blair) of Pennington, NJ; Susan Middleton Rutledge Moore Hoogland (Keith) of Chicago, IL; Benjamin Allston Moore III (Caroline) of Charleston, SC; Bam and Dana Miller; McLain (Jessica), Alex, Kathleen Michalek (Chase), Ben, C.C., and Sam Hoogland; Allston, Emily, and Maggie Moore; and William Reed Rawlings (Betina).

Memorials may be made to St. Michael's Church, 71 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or Charleston Day School, 15 Archdale Street, Charleston, SC 29401.