Former First Lady Rebecca Moore dies

Widow of former University of Redlands President Douglas R. Moore dies at 84

February 17, 2012—Rebecca E. Moore, widow of former University of Redlands President Douglas R. Moore, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Feb. 15 at her home in Redlands. A memorial service will be held at the University Chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The University’s First Lady was an enthusiastic supporter of the University of Redlands and the Redlands community, both during her tenure and throughout her life.

Rebecca was involved in many organizations in Redlands including the University Alumni for Greeks, the University Women’s Club, Town and Gown, the University Faculty Club, the University Retired Faculty Club, Redlands Symphony Association, the Assistance League of Redlands, and was a Kimberly Crest docent and former president of the Breakfast Club.

Town and Gown honored her for her volunteer service in 2003 as one of their “Jewels of the Inland Empire”. In 2004 Delta Kappa Psi honored her as their Woman of the Year. She was also instrumental in establishing the Douglas R. Moore Endowed Scholarship.

“Becky was always helpful, always a kind word, always very supportive,” Dr. Appleton, current president at Redlands said, expressing the University’s deep appreciation for the former First Lady’s service. “Becky’s presence at the University events and her service to the University will be sorely missed. I grieve her death as I celebrate her rich and full life,” Dr. Appleton stated.

Longtime member of the Board of Trustees and local historian Larry Burgess remembers the difference Moore’s personality and involvement made upon her arrival as First Lady at the University in 1978.

“When Doug and Becky began their Presidency, it was a time when the University’s relations with the community had frayed during the tumultuous times of that decade,” Burgess, director of the A.K. Smiley Public Library, said. “Becky plunged immediately into community groups, and was an enthusiastic member of the group of founders that began Town and Gown in those days.”

Moore had a great ability, Burgess said, to bring people together and make important and lasting connections. “Her wonderful Texas drawl and great sense of humor made her a popular figure,” he added. Even after her husband died unexpectedly, Moore never “retired from the scene,” Burgess recalled. “Her presence is even more poignant when you think how she continued, bearing the loss with such dignity.”

Phil Doolittle, Chief Operating Officer of the University of Redlands, also knew the Moores well and worked with them during their term at Redlands. He recalls First Lady Moore’s high energy, “Becky was such great fun,” Doolittle said. “I will miss her humor, energy and friendship.”

Burgess echoed Doolittle’s sentiment. “She had one of the rarest qualities in people, a genuine winning sense of humor.”

John Walsh, Chaplain of the University stated, “It is difficult to capture in words the enormity of the loss of a person who was such an important part of our collective history, and was so active in helping shape its future.”

Rebecca was born on March 12, 1928 in Breckenridge, Texas. She was a resident of the Redlands community for 34 years.

Rebecca is survived by her children Sarah E. Clayton, Douglas R. Moore, Jr., Mark A. Moore, her granddaughter Abigail E. Moore and her sister, Mary Louise Gipson.

Donations should be sent in lieu of flowers to the Douglas R. Moore Endowed Scholarship at the University of Redlands in care of University of Redlands Development Office, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999.

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