TAMPA BAY, FL (December 10, 2013) – Bruce Moyer, 52, the deputy director of photography for the Tampa Bay Times and an award-winning photography editor and mentor, died last night following a spirited battle with brain cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Suzette, and daughter Callie, and son Dakota. They were with him at home, along with close members of his family, when he died.
There will be a memorial service for Moyer at the Poynter Institute on Monday, December 16, beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST. The address is 801 Third Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701.
Moyer's journey through cancer was detailed in a feature story by his friend Heather Graulich in the September issue of News Photographer magazine, which also featured the cancer tale of another Florida photography editor, Mark Edelson of The Palm Beach Post.
He had been a star staff photographer for the Naples Daily News, a photography team leader at the The Sun in Bremerton, WA, and an award-winning picture editor for the Hartford Courant. Six years ago the Florida native was quite happy to return home to his current post at the Tampa Bay Times.
During his career Moyer had been NPPA's Picture Editor of the Year three times, in consecutive years including last year's top honor. And he was a regular faculty member on NPPA's Stan Kalish Workshop. Moyer graduated from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach in 1982.
Moyer shared some of his photography with a Carousel group in Florida shortly before he was diagnosed with cancer in early 2012. Bob Croslin has made a video of Moyer's picture show and posted it online today for Moyer's friends to share and remember. Watch the slideshow online here.
Ken Irby at the Poynter Center said the family has requested that donations in memory of Moyer be made to the National Press Photographers Foundation (http://nppf.org). Contact NPPF president C. Thomas Hardin at [email protected] for more information.