December 1998

Richard E. Moot

by Joseph H. RADDER

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Richard E. Moot has practiced law for 50 years and is still going strong. After turning 65 Rit as his friends know him, embarked upon a new career as an elder lawyer, which continues to occupy his interests and efforts in the active practice of law at 78 years of age.

Rit Moot also continues a very active schedule in civic affairs. He serves as treasurer and trustee of The Western New York Foundation, devoting a large amount of time to the consideration of applications for charitable grants. He also plays an active roll on the executive committee of the Better Business Bureau of Buffalo. As Director of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Rit represents the third generation of the Moot family to serve that organization.

Rit can often be seen during the summer season sailing his 28-foot sloop, Soubrette, out of the Buffalo Yacht Club. During the winter he plays in two regular tennis foursomes. Rit and his wife, Barbara, who are beginning their 50th year of marriage, love living in Buffalo year-round, departing only occasionally for brief visits with their sons in California or her relatives in Jamaica.
They agree that “Life is too busy and too much fun in Buffalo to think of retiring or going south.”

Joseph H. Radder is a freelance writer.


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