December 20, 2012
Betty Moore died at home in Santa Barbara, surrounded by her family on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. She was born Oct. 13, 1925 in England.
Betty graduated at age 16 from the Knox School in New York, and she received a degree in English literature from Smith College, class of 1946. Her husband of 65 years, Kenneth N.C.B. Moore, survives her. They were married on May 17, 1947 at St. John’s Chapel, in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.
Betty and Ken discovered Aspen on a ski trip from New York in 1952. They moved to West Francis Street with their family in 1956. Betty and Ken built the Tipple Inn, one of the first “ski in and ski out” lodges in Aspen at the base of Little Nell. Betty was Aspen’s modern pioneer, embracing the spirit of adventure in the mountains, on rivers and at sea. Whether backpacking in Nepal, the Rockies or Norway, Betty loved the mountains. She trekked to the base camp of Everest and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. Betty skied in Aspen every year from 1952-2005, and she heli-skied with Canadian Mountain Holidays in the Bugaboos for over 20 years.
She and Ken were some of the earliest river runners, rafting Glen Canyon before the river was dammed. From her early courtship with Ken “messing about on boats” off the coast of Long Island, to sailing in the Virgin Islands, to cruising the coasts of the Northwest and Alaska, Betty was always ready for an adventure. Ken gave her a bike for her 58th birthday, and she went on to cycle up the Austrian Alps, up a volcano and down the back roads in Bali, and she pedaled through France and New Zealand. She was an avid photographer, capturing these trips in slide shows to entertain her family and friends when she returned home. During summer in Aspen she often biked to town to do her errands at the post office and grocery.
Betty was an early board member of Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and she organized and held many successful events in support of the arts. She rode with the Roaring Fork Hounds and served on the Boards of the Aspen Community School and Aspen Country Day School.
She and Ken hand-built their home on a magical spot on the waters of White Horse Springs on McLain Flats. Using reclaimed barn wood, mining and railroad timbers, and sandstone from Red Butte, embracing an architectural style that included passive solar and recycling local materials. Betty was a gardener and her harvest parties held every autumn were legendary. From the “Gully’s End” family compound Betty and Ken raised three daughters and their families, held court and entertained visitors from all walks of life. Friends and family will recall many a delightful gathering hosted by Betty.