Moller, Dr. James Christian "Jim" James Christian Moller, 63, of Maryland passed away on Christmas Day, 2023, after a courageous year-long battle with glioblastoma. He was treated and cared for at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and in home hospice. He is survived by his wife, Aki, and son, Jon, of North Potomac, MD; his parents, James and Carol Moller; his sister, Elizabeth Schultz; his aunt and uncle, Jayne and Chuck Harmon of Kingsburg, CA; his aunt, Sally Ketchum of San Francisco, CA; three cousins, and their eight children. He was preceded in death by his infant brothers, John and Eric; and his grandparents, Leonard and Eloise Moller of Fresno, CA; and James and Marie Eymann of Newport Beach, CA. Jim was born in Minneapolis, MN in 1960 to Dr. James H. and Carol E. Moller. Jim enjoyed school and did well throughout. He attended Wooddale and Fulton elementary schools and Southwest middle and high schools. He graduated from high school top of his class in 1978. As a senior, he competed in three State athletic competitions: cross-country running, cross-country skiing, and track and field. He was an Eagle scout, and cared for yards and shoveled sidewalks in his neighborhood. He attended Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1982. While in college, he also competed in cross-country running, and track and field. He then attended MIT in Boston, MA, earning a Master's degree in mechanical engineering and his Professional Engineer certification. Jim then worked at the Calspan Research Center in Buffalo, NY, conducting aerodynamic testing of engine turbines for, among others, the Department of Defense and NASA. Based on his research, he published numerous papers. He returned to his studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, receiving his Ph.D. degree in 1994. While studying at MIT, he also taught ESL through a local church where he met the love of his life, Akram Ghoreishi, "Aki". They were married in 1990 and had a son, Jon Moller, who has a Ph.D. and is currently conducting research at the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Jim accepted a position in the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Department of Miami University of Ohio, where he taught as associate professor for 29 years. He particularly enjoyed working with students and received an award for excellence in teaching. During the summer months he often conducted research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, headquarters of the Air Force Research Laboratory. For several years, he was the Campus Representative and Executive Committee Member of the Ohio Space Grant Consortium, which awards college grants and fellowships in conjunction with NASA Mission Directives. Jim had planned to retire in June, 2024, but sadly, his terminal cancer cut short his plans to enjoy his retirement with his wife and son in Maryland. Jim was intelligent and hard-working, a loving and deeply devoted husband and father, a mentor and friend to his students, and a son who made his parents proud. He was a kind and gentle man who is greatly missed. A burial service will be held in Minneapolis at Lakewood Cemetery this Spring. Announcement to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Habitat for Humanity.

Published on January 7, 2024