Douglas Y. Moy died at home on January 18, 2019, two months before his 96th birthday. Per his instruction not to make a fuss, there was no funeral.
He was born in a Chinatown New York tenement on March 19, 1923, the fifth of twelve children of a Chinese goldsmith. His parents let him pick an “American” name when he went to school, so he named himself after Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. Soon after graduation from Brooklyn Technical High School, Doug enlisted in the Army Air Corps when the US entered World War II. Serving as a navigator in North Africa and Europe, he achieved the rank of captain in the Air Force by the war’s end. Later in the Reserves, Doug retired from the service soon after being promoted to major because he felt he hadn’t really earned it. Doug enjoyed being out west during navigation training, and used the GI Bill to attend University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating with baccalaureate degrees in engineering and business. He spent breaks as a ranch hand or traveling, and especially loved adventuring in Alaska before it was a state.
Doug first met Victoria Chu when she was eight and he was a teenager visiting her older sister Florence. He told Vicky he’d come back for her in ten years, and kept his word. They were married in New York’s Marble Collegiate Church and moved to New Jersey in 1952. He embraced suburban life, joining a bowling team, continuing his lifelong training in the martial arts, and playing a mean game of bridge. He had the gift of gab and made friends wherever he went. Doug was an omnivorous reader of comic books, the New York Times, technical manuals, Eastern philosophy, and science fiction. He moved his young family to Princeton in 1963 to be closer to his new job at RCA’s Astro-Electronics Division in Hightstown. Being a rocket scientist was a childhood dream come true, and he delighted in showing photos from “his” satellites’ missions to Mars and the moon. Doug told his family he wasn’t interested in travel because he’d been stationed abroad, but really, he didn’t want to jeopardize his security clearance for RCA’s government contracts. After he was retired, Doug enjoyed an unforgettable trip to China with his family.
Doug will be terribly missed by his immediate family, loving wife of 66 years Victoria Chu Moy, daughters Denise (Guy Ferraiolo), Leslie (Donald Randall), and Nanci (David Bean), and grand-nephew Russell Gon (for whom he served as sifu for more than 50 years). He is also survived by younger brothers, a brother- and sisters-in-law, four generations of nieces and nephews, and countless friends.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggests you make a donation in Doug Moy’s honor to a charity of your choice.