See Molly Morris, On Island Profile: Judge Thomas K. Moore
St. Thomas Source (March 27, 2007):
. . . As at home at Cowpet Bay as he was for his 12 years at the District Court, Moore sat down last week to talk of many things -- his retirement (not his idea), his love of the sea and his love of his home, the Virgin Islands. . . .
Moore recounts his pre-judicial life. Born and raised in Idaho, the judge is no stranger to island life. He finished his last years of high school in the Philippines, where he first developed a lifelong enthusiasm for diving.
He completed his advanced education in the States, earning his undergraduate degree from Harvard college in 1961 and his graduate degree from Georgetown University Law School in 1967, around the time he met Judith Gilman on a blind date. They have been married 41 years and have two sons. Jonathan lives on St. Thomas and has his own business, while David is completing post-doctoral work in physical chemistry and quantum mechanics at the University of California at Berkeley. David, "like me, is an avid diver," Moore says.
Moore worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Virginia for several years, prosecuting white-collar fraud cases. After a visit to St. Croix in 1976, Moore knew he wanted to make the move to the territory. He says he "conned" U.S. Attorney Julio Brady into hiring him about a month after his initial visit.
"We moved from a lovely home in Virginia," Moore says. "But I was having problems with my immune system, which cleared up almost immediately. The air is so much cleaner here, even with the Sahara dust and the volcanic ash. We arrived here with our two very young sons and 14 boxes."
Moore worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney for two and a half years before hanging up his shingle in private practice, then he moved to form a partnership with Paul Hoffman. From there Moore went on to a partnership in the law firm of Grunert, Stout and Moore until he assumed the bench in 1992. Judy, meanwhile, taught at Antilles School for 22 years.
Over and above all else, Moore is a Virgin Islander, and he has the bruises to prove it. His own case illustrates the perils of limited terms. Under that system, politics will always have the upper hand, states a 2003 story in the Source. (See "Judging Tom: Politics Bares Its Teeth.")
Fear of retribution has never entered into Moore's actions, and, some say, may have cost him his reappointment to the bench. "I really don't know the reason," Moore says.