Johnes K. Moore ’53

Johnes K. Moore ’53 died on March 13, 2016, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

(The following was published inThe Marblehead Reporter from March 21 to March 31, 2016):

Johnes K. Moore, 84, died March 13, 2016 at Beverly Hospital from the effects of Parkinsons Disease. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Claire Keyes. The son of Charles and Anna Louise Moore, Jay was pre-deceased by two brothers, Charles Moore and Sumner Moore. Educated at St. Albans School, Bowdoin College and URI, he earned his Ph.D. and taught in the Biology Department at SSU. An avid birder, he was a member of ECOC and served as President and Treasurer. He leaves behind three daughters, Winifred Wilhide and her husband David, Emily Devey and her husband Mark, Ellen Johnston and her husband Norman. Six grandchildren: Maddigan and Sarah Devey, Callum and Glencora Wilhide, Aidan and Ryan Johnston and his ex-wife, Sandra Maddigan Moore, mother of his daughters. A Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Marine Corps, he came from a long line of military leaders. His direct ancestors served in every U. S. war effort from the American Revolution through Viet Nam. Dr. Moore, a founding member of the New England Estuarine Research Society, brought that group to SSU for its first meeting. The Forest River estuary was of particular interest. Drivers on Route 114 could spy him leading a group of students to the shore to observe the habitat. Lucky groups got to go to Lighthouse Point and witness the activities in the tide pools. For him, the most significant lab was outdoors. In retirement, Jay relaxed into his hobbies of sailing, birdwatching and traveling. He built several boats and was a member of the Salem Willows Yacht Club. Boats named Ammophila and Bucephala were known for their smart looks and for their ability to win a race or two. Parkinsons disease slowed him down, but he could still be found at the YMCA participating in the class designed for those with this movement disorder. No longer able to hold up his binoculars, he gave up bird watching. May the birds of paradise bless him for his devotion, his passion and his love of the natural world.

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