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November 16, 1940 June 18, 2020
General Thomas S. Moorman, Jr. died June 18 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He was born at Walter Reed Medical Center on November 16, 1940 to Thomas S. Moorman and Miss Atha G. Moorman. Tom was a wonderful father and family man, and a friend to many who he mentored and guided through life's circumstances.
Tom began a distinguished 35-year Air Force career after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1962. His assignments included intelligence officer with the B-47 bombardment wing, the Director of the Office of Space Systems, Vice Commander of the 1st Space Wing, several staff positions at Air Force Space Command, and numerous operational and staff positions in space, aircraft reconnaissance and intelligence units. In 1987, Tom became Director of Space and Strategic Defense Initiative Programs. From 1990 to 1994, he served as vice commander and commander of Air Force Space Command. He retired from the Air Force in August 1994 after serving as Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force. He joined Booz Allen Hamilton in 1998 and served as senior executive advisor and partner until 2008.
After retirement Tom remained engaged with numerous boards and studies, including the congressionally directed Space Commission.
Tom is survived by his loving family, including wife of 54 years, Barbara; son, Thomas S. Moorman, III of Alexandria, Va.; son, John R. Moorman and daughter-in-law, Amy, and cherished granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane of Alexandria, Va. He is also survived by his brother Robert W. Moorman and sister-in-law Beth Moorman of Colorado Springs, Co. and his brother-in-law Serge Demchuk of Virginia Beach, Va.; as well as his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews across the country. Tom is predeceased by his sisters, Margaret M. Demchuck and Allyn M. Sullivan.
A celebration of life will be held [date, time, place]. A second service and internment/inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia will be held at a future date.
Tom's family gives thanks for the quality of care and comfort given to Tom at National Institutes of Health and Fort Belvoir Community hospital.
Donations in Tom's honor may be made to St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 8009 Fort Hunt Road, Alexandria 22308-1207, and Air Force Aid Society (visit at

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Published in The Gazette on Jun. 22, 2020.
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Danielle Klorig
June 25, 2020
It is with much sadness to hear of Gen Ms passing. I will keep him and his family in my thoughts and prayers. It is indeed an honor and pleasure to have served with Gen M and Space Command both in Cheyenne Mt and AF Space Command headquarters. God bless you sir and may the angels welcome you into Heaven thank you for your service! CMSgt Mike Reilly, USAF Retired
Mike T Reilly
Served In Military Together
June 24, 2020
Met Tom in 1988, where we served as Brigadiers on the AFSC Staff, Andrews AFB, MD. He was an amazing colleague and brilliant officer. Learned so much from Tom about space operations..... and about his love of our Air Force and his vision of its future. Serving as AF Vice Chief to another great officer and friend, AF Chief Ron Fogleman, led our AF through some trying times. RIP Tom, you have a legacy well earned.
John Schoeppner, Major General, USAF-retired
John Schoeppner
Served In Military Together
June 24, 2020
I served with General Moorman and knew him for many years following his retirement, and, most recently, during his advisory role for us at NOAA. Like so many young officers of my generation, he taught us the "space business". He also taught us by example how to lead and to be respectful and courteous to everyone, especially in the political environment in Washington DC. He lives on in everyone he mentored.
Mark Mulholland
Served In Military Together
June 24, 2020
Tom was and still is an inspiration to many. I had the privilege to work for Tom and found his humor, depth of knowledge, leadership and calmness an inspiration to my personal life and career. He lives through many of us who were lucky enough to to know him.
Dave Snyder
June 23, 2020
I had the privilege to know and work for Gen. Moorman at Booz Allen. He was a mentor and teacher to me and to many others. He inspired excellence to all. He will truly be missed. Barbra and family are deepest condolences.
Patricia April and Yahia Hassen
June 23, 2020
Thanks, Boss for enhancing my life -- both personal and professional. My memories of serving with you are some of my very best. Thanks Barbara for sharing him with so many of us.
Chris Waln
Served In Military Together
June 22, 2020
I never served under General Tom Moorman in the Air Force and was not very close to him, although I was part of his team for the Space Industrial Base Study while we were both at Booz Allen. I always admired him as a leader for USAF efforts in space (a non-pilot who became the second highest ranked Air Force general as Vice Chief of Staff, a rarity indeed) and a perfect gentleman. More importantly, I, even as a retired USAF Lt Col, felt that I could always approach him with any question and he would always respond with great wisdom and insight. Sorry to see him go.

Marty Stoehr
June 22, 2020
A brilliant man, a wonderful gentleman, and a truly great leader. His example will always inspire excellence.
Jim Wolf
Served In Military Together
June 22, 2020
General Moorman was an inspiration to all that served under his command--a brilliant mind, a caring leader, an outstanding mentor. He will be greatly missed, but certainly not forgotten. Barbara, our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
Jeff & Nicole Norton
Served In Military Together
June 22, 2020
Mr. Moorman was the sweetest man. I'm so happy I was able to get to know him at work. He will be deeply missed.
Jen Hopkins
Jennifer Hopkins
June 21, 2020
Gen Moorman was the best example of leadership and friendship in my experience. He mentored me through my career and Barbara was always at his side...what a union and what a life!
Bob Cox
Served In Military Together
June 21, 2020
It was my good fortune to serve with Gen Moorman. He was a true gentleman, role model, mentor and friend. He will be missed
Gerard Wittman
Served In Military Together
June 21, 2020
Tom was a caring mentor, brilliant colleague, trusted advisor and an even better friend. Barbara, our prayers are with you.
Bob and Diane Noonan
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