James R. Moetz was born on December 11, 1924 in Milltown, New Jersey. He grew up in Milltown, graduating from New Brunswick High School in 1942. During World War II, Mr. Moetz served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations. He functioned as a radio operator in the 417th Regimental Combat Team of the 76th Infantry Division. After the war, Mr. Moetz attended Rutgers College on the G.I. Bill and majored in chemistry. He graduated in the Rutgers College Class of 1949. Mr. Moetz worked as a chemist at Bristol-Myers Squibb.