James T. Moore, Ph.D., 1952-2006
ST. LOUIS — A longtime Saint Louis University professor has passed away.
James T. Moore, Ph.D., professor of meteorology, died Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Dr. Moore was 54 years old.
James T. Moore, Ph.D.
Dr. Moore joined Saint Louis University in 1980 as an assistant professor of meteorology.
“Jim was dedicated to his students, his discipline and the department,” said William Dannevik, Ph.D., chairman of the department of earth and atmospheric sciences. “His passion for teaching and mentoring was well known.”
Former student Brad Mickelson (MS ’04) offered testament to Dr. Moore’s dedication to his students.
“Dr. Moore’s willingness to help advise me through my master’s program was absolutely crucial to my career path,” said Mickelson, now a meteorology intern with the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kan. “His belief in me helped me believe in myself.”
Doctoral student Emily Eisenacher (MS ’05) said he had a major impact on her life as well.
“Dr. Moore was an inspiration to all his students,” said Eisenacher. “He always had a smile on his face and a joke in his mind. I am thankful for the opportunities I had to work with him and learn from his years of experience.”
“He was a great man,” said doctoral student Adam Pasch (MS ’05). “I only hope as I continue with my career that I am able to live up to his example.
Dr. Moore received his undergraduate degree in meteorology from New York University in 1974. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in atmospheric sciences from Cornell University in 1976 and 1979, respectively.
Along with his dedication to teaching, Dr. Moore was passionate about research and was widely recognized for his contributions to the ongoing advancement of meteorological research. In July 2006, he was awarded the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award by the Cooperative Program for Meteorological Education and Training (COMET).
Dr. Moore’s wit was well-known and appreciated by all who knew him.
“Jim had an infectious sense of humor, which he spread with abandon all around him,” Dannevik said. “He often was able to use his wit to defuse the occasional and inevitable tense moments of academic life.”
Dr. Moore was an avid fan of the pun and co-authored the book, Jokes and Puns for Groan-Ups.
“It will be a much quieter place without Dr. Moore and his bottomless supply of jokes and puns,” said Laurie Hausmann, executive secretary, of the department of earth and atmospheric sciences.
“Jim Moore will be remembered for his genuine concern for people, his love of meteorology and education, and especially his sense of humor,” said Melanie Whittington, data technician. “How can we forget those puns? We will miss him.”
Dr. Moore is survived by his wife, Kathy.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Fri., July 28, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 9321 Litzinger Road, in Brentwood, Mo.. In lieu of flowers, the Moore family asks that donations be made to the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Meteorology Fund at Saint Louis University, O’Neil Hall, 3642 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108.
The department of earth and atmospheric sciences will hold a special on-campus memorial service at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, DuBourg Hall, Room 157. The National Weather Association Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented posthumously during the service. The service is open to the University community.