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Alfred M Moen

  • Birth 27 Dec 1916 Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
  • Death 17 Apr 2001 Destin, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 14447123

Inventor. Creator of the single handle Moen faucet. A tool designer by trade, he first conceived this innovative plumbing fixture in 1937, after burning his hands with hot water by turning on the wrong faucet. Following World War II service in the US Navy, he introduced his design in 1947 and got a manufacturer interested in it, selling 250 faucets to a San Francisco plumbing company. The Moen faucet is now a household name but he never owned the company that bears it. Preferring to stay behind the scenes, he spent the rest of his life in research and design, improving his invention. When asked, towards the end of his life, if he was disappointed at not being elected into the Inventors Hall of Fame, he replied, "No, I didn't invent anything great. I didn't invent penicillin" - just a faucet with a single handle.

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  • Originally Created by: Michelle Woodham
  • Added: 30 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14447123
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alfred M Moen (27 Dec 1916–17 Apr 2001), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14447123, citing Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .