Did Soberantes Fire Spark Death of Janet Roberts Mooers

Did the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County spark the death of Janet Roberts Mooers?

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Janet Roberts Mooers

As the hot flames of the Soberanes fire rage out of control in the Big Sur and Carmel Highlands area, hazardous air quality is left behind in its wake. Onshore winds pushed smoke into the Monterey Peninsula and might have been the culprit that sent Carmel resident Janet Mooers to the hospital. Mooers, a 33 year Carmel resident, died on Sunday, September 11, 2016 of double pneumonia at the age of 91.

The spry Carmel resident was well known at the Carmel Foundation for rarely missing her senior exercise class and had the agility of someone twenty years her junior. In fact, Janet had recently returned from attending an art event in San Francisco with her dear friend and Carmel artist Barbara Rainer where they logged a mile or so walking the Fort Mason event. It was on Tuesday, August 9, that Janet fell ill and was taken by ambulance to the hospital that Thursday. A pre-existing lung condition, MAI, may have been enough to trigger the beginning of a rapid downhill spiral for Janet. The Monterey Bay Air Resources District designated air quality “unhealthy,” the most hazardous designation in recent days.


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Janet in Spain at the Guggenheim Museum. Photo © Nancy D. Brown

Never one to miss out on political discussions, Janet was active in the World Affairs Council of Monterey Bay Area, and supported Planned Parenthood and the League of Women Voters, among other causes. She served as president of American Association of University Women (AAUW) in 1978-1979 in Contra Costa County where she lived for 15 years before retiring to Carmel with her now deceased husband, H. Douglas Mooers. She was a vocal feminist and looked forward to seeing Hillary Clinton become the first woman president of the United States.


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Washington State alum Janet Roberts Mooers was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority in Pullman

Born and raised in Pullman, Washington on January 4, 1925, Janet attended Washington State University where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority and graduated with the designation of Phi Beta Kappa, considered to be the nations highest honor society. She leaves behind her son, James Mooers of Central Oregon, daughter, Nancy Mooers Brown and son-in-law Cory Brown of the San Francisco Bay Area and her two grandchildren, Kendall and Evan Brown.

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Janet in her younger days

A private service was held for close friends and family. Those wishing to make a charitable donation in her name are directed to the James T. Roberts Family Scholarship. Income from this fund is used to award scholarships to students studying dairy sciences at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

Washington State University Foundation
P.O. Box 641925
Pullman, Washington 99164-1925

Did the Soberanes Fire Spark the Death of Janet Roberts Mooers article written by Nancy Mooers Brown.

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