Deceased January 29, 2023

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In Memory

My dear friend, roommate, DU fraternity brother and groomsman, John Moorhouse, passed away on Jan. 29, 2023, after a long and valiant struggle with an inherited kidney-related illness. He dealt with this illness with the same class and dignity with which he handled other things in his full and active life.

John was born on Feb. 1, 1940, in Abington, Pa. His early schooling was in a one-room schoolhouse in Prospectville, Pa., where he was active in 4-H competitions, the debate team and varsity football. After graduating from Hatboro-Horsham High, John joined the Amherst class of 1962. At Amherst, John rowed for the crew team and graduated with a degree in economics. After college, he began his long career in property and casualty insurance.

In 1964, John married Kathy MacDonald in Baltimore. They had two children and moved to Amherst, N.H., in 1971. John served on the church vestry. He was a captain in the fire department and an EMT, as well as being a trustee of the library. Sadly, Kathy passed away suddenly due to heart disease in 1986.

In 1990, John married Ginger Cowenhoven, also a library trustee, and in 1993, the family moved to Bakersfield, Calif. There they split their time between John’s insurance work, Ginger’s guidance of her family’s newspaper, their passion for the outdoors—hiking, bicycling, riding horses—and farm chores.

DU assigned animal names to its members. In John’s case, “Mouse” was a natural. However, just as naturally, he was addressed as “Nicely-Nicely.” Throughout his life, John stood out as a gracious and fine person, known for his gentleness, kindness and honesty.

To Ginger, Mollie and the rest of the family who enjoyed John’s presence and received his guidance, we offer our sincerest condolences. Truly, he was one of a kind. 

William N. “Nick” Prigge ’62