spirit of Emory
Moores legacy spans six decades
it is that
enables an instructor to inspire students,
Dan Moore seems
to have it.
THE LAST several
years, retired Oxford
College physics instructor Dan C. Moore
37Ox-40G has threatened to skip Oxfords
annual reunion weekend held in April.
think Ill be able to go, Moore, who turned eighty-four
in May, told Emory Magazine earlier in the year.
But sixteen years
after leaving the faculty, Moore knows his former students will
be looking for him, and every year they find him.
The whole day
Dan is surrounded by students, many of whom have gone on to be
doctors, having gotten their math and physics from him,
says Oxford Dean William H. Murdy, who retired this summer.
Whatever it is that
enables an instructor to inspire students, Moore seems to have
daughter went to the Atlanta campus as a freshman and was having
trouble in math, remembers Bond N.
Fleming 33C-36T, dean of Oxford College from
1966 to 1976. I said Id ask Professor Moore if he
could give some coaching. Becky said she learned more math in
three sessions with him than she learned from the [teaching assistant]
the rest of the quarter.
Moore taught math
at Emory from 1940 to 1942, served in the Pacific as a U.S. Army
captain through 1946, then taught at Emorys Valdosta
campus until it closed in 1953 before spending the next thirty
years at Oxford. He met his wife, Noellene, in 1950, when she
was a student at Georgia State Womens College.
at Oxford brought repeated recognition for his skills in the classroom.
In the late 1950s, students dedicated yearbooks to him. In 1985,
Henry Nipper 58Ox-60C,
assistant dean of admissions at Creighton University, dedicated
a chemistry book to his former professor.
Upon his retirement
in 1983, Oxford administrators dedicated a conference room in
his honor in Seney Hall. The Dan C. Moore Honor Fund raised money
to renovate Pierce Hall, and a Dan C. Moore Scholarship was established.
Moore received the Association of Emory Alumni Award of Honor
is so great that to this day students are convinced he played
the part of Emory spirit Dooley at Oxford College social events.
We had three formal dances a year, and Dooley would make
an appearance, says Harry Yeomans
65Ox-66C, and every time a cop would
come and pick [Moore] up. Well, I had a car my second year, so
we followed them one time to see if hed come back as Dooley,
but we never figured it out. He may not own up to it, but if anyone
could emulate the spirit of Emory, it would have been Dan Moore.
Moore offers little
evidence either way. There was some talk of me and Dooley
but there is no proof. On several occasions Dooley would give
me a call letting me know he was coming.G.F.